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Mayor Nenshi says he's not running in Calgary-Heritage byelection

Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper to step down before the fall parliament sitting, forcing a byelection

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said he's just not interested in running for federal politics at this time, and wants to finish his mandate.

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Mayor Naheed Nenshi said he's just not interested in running for federal politics at this time, and wants to finish his mandate.

Now that news is out that Stephen Harper will be stepping down from his riding in Calgary-Heritage, everyone wants to know who might run for the job.

You can scratch one name from the list – Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

When questioned at an event Wednesday, Nenshi put a stop to any rumours that he might run.

“I’ve got a job, and it’s a big job to do,” said Nenshi.

“I’m very flattered that people are always interested in me. So far, I’ve been approached to run for the leader of the Federal Conservatives, the Federal NDP, the provincial PCs and continually the provincial Liberals – so, there’s lots of great opportunities.”

Nenshi said he already has “the best political job in Canada” and he feels that he must finish the 18 months left in his mandate.

He said Harper was a man of enourmous integrity who has dedicated his life to public service.

“I think it made a big difference to have, in Ottawa, a western voice, an Alberta voice and a Calgary voice,” said Nenshi.

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