An Edmonton-area MP has announced he will be leaving federal politics.

Edmonton-Leduc and Edmonton-Southwest MP James Rajotte issued a statement that he will not be seeking re-election in the next federal election.

He did not indicate a reason for his decision but thanked all of supporters.

“No one gets to Parliament without a team, and I wish to thank the many volunteers and supporters who helped me in each election - and between elections - to ensure success. Their dedication, generosity and the innumerable hours they spent working with me means a great deal.”

Rajotte said he believed the Conservatives have made a difference in Canada.

“Conservative governments have had a meaningful impact on the lives of Canadians, and I am proud to leave Parliament with Canadians better off and our country stronger than when our government took office.

“In the past 15 years, three of my private member's initiatives - on identity theft, Alzheimer's and financial literacy - have been adopted by the House of Commons.  I am proud of these achievements and appreciate the substantive action taken in these areas by the government.”

He also thanked his family, friends and colleagues from all political parties.