Byelection speculation started shortly after Liberal backbencher Michael Levitt announced he will be resigning from his seat for York Centre, effective Sept. 1. Mr. Levitt will then head up the non-profit Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies as its president and CEO. “For those of us serving in elected office, political life can be incredibly intense and it often becomes all-encompassing,” wrote Mr. Levitt in an Aug. 4 statement shared to his Facebook. Recalling “surreal moments” like sleeping overnight on the Hill for marathon Commons votes, Mr. Levitt described his time since he was first elected in 2015 as “the greatest honour of my life,” but one that has not been without consequence.
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