Toronto-area MP Le­vitt says he is quit­ting

Times Colonist - - The Capital And Vancouver Island -

OT­TAWA — Michael Le­vitt is to re­sign as the Lib­eral MP for the Toronto-area rid­ing of York Centre.

Le­vitt, first elected in 2015, said he has in­formed the Speaker of the House of Com­mons that he will give up his seat on Sept. 1.

In a Face­book post, Le­vitt said he has loved be­ing a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, but the in­tense, “al­len­com­pass­ing” job has taken a toll on his fam­ily — es­pe­cially since the COVID-19 cri­sis hit Canada five months ago.

He said it’s time to “put fam­ily first and come back home, both phys­i­cally and men­tally.”

Le­vitt said he will soon be­gin a new ca­reer as pres­i­dent and CEO of the Cana­dian Friends of Simon Wiesen­thal Centre, an or­ga­ni­za­tion de­voted to com­bat­ing an­tiSemitism and pro­mot­ing hu­man rights.

He said he hopes to use his new po­si­tion to con­tinue fight­ing sys­temic racism in Canada.

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