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Liberal MP Scott Brison announces resignation from the Commons

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Published on February 10, 2019 with No Comments

Longtime Liberal MP and former cabinet minister Scott Brison has announced that he will be resigning his seat, effective Feb. 10.

On Wednesday, Brison delivered what is considered his farewell address in the House of Commons, nearly 22 years after he first was elected.

During his remarks he reflected on the importance and impact that Parliament can have in the lives of people, and on his experience to serve in government and opposition.

“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,” Brison said. “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.”

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.

First elected in June 1997 as a Progressive Conservative, Brison crossed the floor to the Liberals shortly after the PCs merged with the Canadian Alliance in 2003.

Prior to his floor-crossing, Brison sought the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives in 2003. Brison served as minister of public works and government services under Liberal prime minister Paul Martin, and for some time was the party’s finance critic.

Before entering public office, Brison worked as an entrepreneur and investment banker. At Dalhousie University he earned the nickname “fridge magnate,” after starting an appliance-renting business as a student.

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.

 

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