And then, he was gone. It had been predicted for many years that former Markham-Unionville MP and more recently, Markham-Thornhill MP John McCallum would have pulled up stakes and gone home – on his own or by voter’s force. But for 17 years he has defied predictions and remained as an area MP.
But no more. Whether he decided it was time or he was encouraged to make it his time as part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mini-cabinet shuffle, no one is saying. But regardless, McCallum has left the building to go on to perhaps even more glamourous work, this time as Canada’s ambassador to China. The long-time parliamentarian has also passed through careers in academia as well as a stint as Chief Economist at the Royal Bank of Canada.
When vacant seats are announced to the House of Commons, a by-election can be called immediately or as late as 180 days from resignation. No word yet on when that (and two other vacant seats) will be filled, but local Liberals are beginning the delicate dance of deciding who should take up the mantle to charge into by-election battle with whoever local Conservatives decide on. Elected politicians and prominent business people are always likely candidates.