The Canadian Politician (Toronto) – Celine Caesar-Chavannes, the Liberal Party MP representing Whitby, Ontario has announced that she will not be seeking reelection in the fall. Caesar-Chavannes was one of the female members of parliament who jumped to the defence of embattled former justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, when it was reported by the Globe and Mail that the prime minister’s office pressured Wilson-Raybould to soft pedal on the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin for corruption. The Whitby MP has indicated that her decision is unconnected to the SNC-Lavalin scandal, that it was made for personal reasons well before the scandal broke.
Caesar-Chavannes had been a champion for mental health causes, ensuring that it remains at the forefront in policy debates and considerations. The MP indicated in her Twitter handle that though she is stepping away, she will continue to advocate for the cause. She stated, “I will continue to push boundaries, dismantle the status quo and break glass ceilings, and I hope you will expect no less from me.” Caesar-Chavannes was parliamentary secretary to the prime minister from December 2015 to December 2017 and later served in the same position to the minister of International Development. She has been in Parliament since October 19, 2015.