Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes says she won’t seek re-election
The rookie MP from Whitby, Ont., made the announcement in a statement on Twitter on Saturday afternoon, after what she described as many conversations with family, as well as prayer and reflection.
She said she informed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of her decision on Feb. 12 — which was the day that Wilson-Raybould resigned from her post as veterans affairs minister.
She said in her letter, however, that her decision has nothing to do with Wilson-Raybould, who this week told the House of Commons justice committee she faced pressure from the prime minister and his office to interfere in the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.
“I have tremendous respect for Ms. Wilson-Raybould and this will never change. Factors influencing this decision started long before February 12,” Caesar-Chavannes stated.
On Wednesday afternoon, as Wilson-Raybould gave her testimony on the SNC-Lavalin matter, Caesar-Chavannes tweeted “Truth is power. Proud of you.”
Truth is power. Proud of you. ✊?
— MP Celina ?? (@MPCelina) February 27, 2019
Caesar-Chavannes, who ran a research management consulting firm prior to her election in 2015, served as a parliamentary secretary to both the prime minister and the minister of international development during her term.
She has made headlines for opening up about mental health and racial microaggressions she experienced on Parliament Hill.
Canadians will head to the polls in October.
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