Longtime NDP MLA Lenore Zann will seek the federal Liberal nomination in Cumberland-Colchester.
Zann has been the MLA for Truro-Bible Hill, and later Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River, for a decade. She made an announcement at a celebration on Sunday to mark 10 years on the job as an MLA.
"In the end I talked to my family, I talked to my friends, I talked to lots of constituents in the last six months and everybody agreed that the only way I could possibly beat Andrew Scheer and keep the seat from going to the Conservatives was to run for the Liberals," Zann said. "And they've welcomed me with open arms so that's why I decided to go this way."
Zann said she had been approached by the federal NDP to run as well. She said Jagmeet Singh's leadership played no role in her decision.
"Jagmeet is a lovely, lovely bright young man full of all kinds of great ideas like Justin Trudeau," Zann said. "I really like them both. I met with both of them before Christmas when I was in Ottawa."
She also said she would leave the provincial NDP caucus and sit as an independent for the time being.