Liberal MPP Des Rosiers leaving politics to assume Massey College post

Liberal MPP Des Rosiers leaving politics to assume Massey College post

Another of the seven Liberal MPPs at Queen’s Park is leaving provincial politics.

MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers (Ottawa-Vanier) announced Thursday she will retire later this year when she is appointed principal of Massey College at the University of Toronto.

“I am privileged to follow in the footsteps of great leaders — most recently … Hugh Segal — who have contributed to the impressive reputation of the college over the years,” Des Rosiers said in a statement.

“I would like to thank the people of Ottawa-Vanier, whom I will continue to represent until a date later this year, which has not yet been determined,” she said.

“When presented with this opportunity, I had to take into account personal and familial considerations. Later this year, I will submit my resignation as the MPP for Ottawa-Vanier. Until that time, I will continue to serve the people of my riding at Queen’s Park.”

The Harvard-educated Des Rosiers joins the exodus with fellow former cabinet minister Marie-France Lalonde (Orleans).

Lalonde is leaving Queen’s Park this summer to seek the federal Liberal nomination in Orleans for the October election.

That means the cash-strapped Grits will have to contest two byelections in safe Ottawa-area seats, likely next year.

Massey College chair Alan Broadbent said she would begin her five-year tenure for the prestigious post of principal on Aug. 1.

A well-respected lawyer, she was elected in a November 2016 byelection the same night as Sam Oosterhoff, then 19, won Niagara West-Glanbrook for the Progressive Conservatives.

“They got the law school dean; we got the home-schooled teen,” quipped one high-ranking Tory that evening.

Just as Lalonde had been, Des Rosiers was mulling a bid for the leadership of the Liberals, who were decimated by Premier Doug Ford’s Conservatives last June after almost 15 years in office.

Robert Benzie is the Star’s Queen’s Park bureau chief and a reporter covering Ontario politics. Follow him on Twitter: @robertbenzie

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