Liberal MP Nicola Di Iorio will leave his federal MP position for family reasons.
“There is a concordance of events that made me make this decision,” he said Wednesday without going into details of his personal life.
The member representing the riding of Saint-Léonard-Saint-Michel in the Montreal area was elected for the first time in the House of Commons in the 2015 federal election.
This lawyer is known in parliament for his outspokenness. In particular, he asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to respect the French-English alternation for the appointment of a Chief Justice at the Supreme Court.
“I know that my intervention made a very big difference,” he said. I am a lawyer, I am a law professor and I am also a committed citizen and I think it is a job that is good for the whole country for years to come. ”
Mr. Di Iorio has not yet determined the date of his last day in the House of Commons.
His departure will leave a third vacant seat in Quebec. The government must still decide on the date of a by-election in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord following the departure of Liberal Denis Lemieux last fall. The riding of Outremont will also become vacant in June when former leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP) Thomas Mulcair will retire from politics.
The riding of Saint-Léonard-Saint-Michel is considered a liberal castle. Di Iorio won the last election with 64.7 percent of the vote, far ahead of his NDP rival.