Manitoba Senator Maria Chaput resigns, says kept seat to fight Harper
Chaput appointed to Senate in 2002; resignation takes effect March 1, 2016
Feb 04, 2016
Manitoba Senator Maria Chaput — who announced her resignation Tuesday — says she stayed in her position despite health issues until the Liberals won the federal election.
"I just didn't want to give my seat to Harper," the Liberal senator said. "That's what I told my doctor and he said, 'Well, that's your decision,' and I said 'Exactly.'"
She has been dealing with kidney issues for the past few years.
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Chaput is leaving as the Justin Trudeau government prepares to fill the 22 vacant Senate seats with non-partisan appointments.
"I agree with this and I believe in that totally," she said.