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Canada Independent Sen. Andre Pratte announces resignation on election night

05:15  22 october  2019
05:15  22 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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OTTAWA — Andre Pratte announced his resignation from the Senate on Monday night , just as the federal election results were rolling in. The Independent senator from Quebec posted his resignation letter on Twitter to explain his decision.

OTTAWA— Andre Pratte announced his resignation from the Senate on Monday night , just as the federal election results were rolling in. The Independent senator from Quebec posted his resignation letter on Twitter to explain his decision. “In any professional journey, there can come a time when we

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OTTAWA — Andre Pratte is announcing his resignation from the Senate as the federal election results are rolling in.

The Independent senator from Quebec posted his resignation letter on Twitter to explain his decision.

Pratte says in the letter that there comes a time when one realizes they do not have the skills and motivation required to accomplish the task they've been entrusted with.

He was appointed to the Senate in 2016 by Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

Pratte says it saddens him to betray the trust that Trudeau had in him — but he adds it would be even more of a betrayal to continue in a role without meeting the level of excellence expected.

In the letter, Pratte says his resignation has nothing to do with the election and he chose the specific timing to ensure it would not be a distraction from the campaign.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 21, 2019.

The Canadian Press

Why did André Pratte quit the Senate? He says it was too divisive .
Why did André Pratte quit the Senate? He says it was too divisiveThat’s what André Pratte did. In an exclusive interview at his St-Lambert home, the former La Presse editor-in-chief pointed to partisanship within the Senate ranks as the principal cause of his resignation. Although he was appointed among the first wave of independent senators by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau more than three years ago, it appears “independent” was meant in name only.

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