New Democrat Denise Savoie has resigned as the Member of Parliament for Victoria. Announcing the resignation in Victoria today, the 68-year old Savoie cited health reasons. Her resignation will take effect August 31.
“This spring, my doctor gave me a health warning,” Savoie said in a letter to fellow New Democrats. “After I considered these facts over the summer, I realized that I cannot continue to represent my constituents to the standards that they have come to expect nor indeed to my own standards. Hence my announcement today.”
Savoie was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006. During the May 2011 federal election, she was elected with over 50 per cent of the vote. She served as the Deputy Speaker.
“A year ago yesterday, my dear friend and leader Jack Layton passed away,” she said. “As it did for Tom, for our caucus and for all Canadians, his loss affected me deeply. It made me reflect on the fragility of life and the need to make the most of each day we have left.”
The MP’s resignation brings the number of vacant seats in the House of Commons to three.
Conservative MP Lee Richardson resigned his Calgary Centre seat on May 30 to serve as Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s principal secretary. Another Conservative, Bev Oda, resigned from both Harper‘s cabinet and her Ontario riding of Durham on July 31 after a scandalous public life defined by profligacy, scandal, inefficiency and controversy.