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‘For those of us serving in elected office, political life can be incredibly intense and it often becomes all-encompassing’: byelection speculation begins after Liberal MP Levitt announces he will resign his York Centre seat

By Palak Mangat      

Plus, Independent Senator Murray Sinclair is happy to make his return to the legal field before his career winds down, as one advocate hails him as Canada's most respected Indigenous rights advocate.

Liberal MP Michael Levitt, pictured chairing the House Foreign Affairs Committee last July, announced last week that he will leave his post in September to head up the Toronto-based non-profit, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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.

Palak Mangat

Palak Mangat is an online reporter with The Hill Times.
- pmangat@hilltimes.com


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