Longtime Liberal MP and former cabinet minister Scott Brison has announced that he will be resigning his seat, effective Feb. 10.
Nearly 22 years after Brison was first elected, he delivered what is considered a farewell address to the House of Commons.
“Yes, I have enjoyed my time on the front benches, but let me tell you all there is no such thing as a bad seat in the House of Commons. Don’t ever take for granted the honour of being entrusted by Canadians to forge the future of this country, in this place, to improve the lives of people and to make a difference,” said Brison.
Last month, Brison announced he was resigning from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet because he would not be seeking re-election this fall. Brison’s departure from the Treasury Board President post triggered a cabinet shuffle to fill his vacancy.
Brison’s announcement lead to questions whether the Kings-Hants, N.S. riding would be vacant at any given time. There will not be abyelection to fill his seat, meaning it will stay open until the federal election
At the time, Brison cited wanting to spend more time with family and being ready for “new challenges.”
Brison was Canada’s first openly gay federal cabinet minister. He and his husband, Maxime St. Pierre, are fathers to twin girls Rose and Claire, who are four years old.
This fall, Brison faced questions over his ties to Nova Scotia-based Irving Shipbuilding, in relation to suspended Vice-Admiral Mark “Norman’s ongoing trial for allegedly leaking cabinet secrets related to Quebec-based Davie Shipbuilding.
Norman’s lawyers have accused Brison in court filings of acting inappropriately by leading an effort to end a multi-million dollar contract with Davie for an interim naval support ship, and as The Canadian Press has reported, are planning to make him a key witness in the coming summer trial. Brison has denied any wrongdoing and has said that this case had “absolutely no bearing” on his decision to leave federal politics.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.