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Stepping back to look ahead: why this outspoken parliamentary secretary volunteered to be demoted

By Charelle Evelyn      

The normal trajectory for MPs is to want to work their way up to PS, then minister. But Celina Caesar-Chavannes says a barrage of social media abuse was one reason she decided to leave the plum role.

‘I’ve been obsessing about what people think throughout this whole journey and now it’s about a decision that is smart and strategic, and this is what I need to do,' says Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes of her decision to turn down an offer to be parliamentary secretary. The Hill Times file photograph
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When Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes turned down the offer to serve another term as a parliamentary secretary, it wasn’t a decision made lightly, she says, nor was it solely based on the social media abuse to which she’s been subjected for being a woman, particularly a woman of colour, who speaks her mind. First elected in 2015 to represent Whitby, Ont., Ms. Caesar-Chavannes was quickly plucked to serve as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s right hand as his parliamentary

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