Conservative MP announces intention to step away from politics

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Conservative MP Bob Benzen says he shall be resigning his seat on the finish of the yr.

Benzen was first elected within the using of Calgary Heritage in a byelection in 2017 following the resignation of former prime minister Stephen Harper, and held the seat by two extra elections.

“It was by no means my intention to turn into a profession politician,” Benzen wrote in a letter posted on Twitter.

“As my time in public service comes to an finish, I look ahead to returning to personal enterprise and household life,” he wrote.

After supporting Erin O’Toole by two management elections, Benzen helped provoke the previous Conservative chief’s ousting.

Benzen was one of many first MPs to publicly name for a caucus overview of O’Toole’s management in January, saying it may create an “unrepairable cut up within the occasion” if he stays on as chief.

A majority of occasion MPs would vote to take away O’Toole as chief a couple of days later.

In his letter, Benzen mentioned he’s assured within the new management of Pierre Poileivre, who was elected as the brand new Conservative chief in September.

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