In a press conference on Wednesday, Robertson revealed that his decision was made for personal reasons devoid of any political ulterior motives.
“[You have to] know when to give room for new voices and leaders,” he told reporters.
Gregor Robertson did not say what he would do at the end of his term.
A green city
The 53-year-old mayor was elected in 2008, 2011 and 2014 under the banner of the center-left Vision Vancouver. Before Gregor Robertson sat on City Hall, he was an NDP MP for Vancouver-Fairview.
Mr. Robertson says his greatest achievement is transforming Vancouver into an environmentally friendly, prosperous, and pleasant city to be admired in the world.
“I leave a city stronger than when we arrived,” he said. That said, we have not solved everything “in reference to the lack of affordable housing.
If Gregor Robertson had won a fourth election, he would have exceeded the term of Louis Denison Taylor who spent 11 years at the head of the City Hall between 1910 and 1934.