Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis quits to run for Toronto city council

Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis wipes his eyes while announcing his resignation in the House of Commons...

Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis wipes his eyes while announcing his resignation in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:07 PM ET

OTTAWA — One of the longest-serving and most combative MPs in the House of Commons is packing it in to try his hand at municipal politics.

A sobbing Jim Karygiannis, who had been the MP for the Toronto riding of Scarborough-Agincourt since 1988, told the House of Commons Tuesday afternoon that he would resign immediately to take a crack at getting a seat on Toronto city council.

“Effective immediately, I am tendering my resignation as the Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt," he said.

“Over the past 25 years, I have had the time of my life. This is a place where you can make a difference. I think I have made a difference.”

Karygiannis will run to replace Mike Del Grande as representative of Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt.

“I am proud to have served the people of Scarborough-Agincourt and hope to continue to serve them in the future in another capacity," he said.

In his long career, Karygiannis never made it into cabinet but was a fierce champion for Canada's Greek community — he was born in Athens — and other immigrant communities in Toronto's north end.

With Karygiannis' departure the longest continuously serving MPs are Bloc Quebecois MP Louis Plamondon -— he came into the House in 1984 as a Brian Mulroney Progressive Conservative — and Liberal Lawrence MacAulay who, like Karygiannis, first won a seat in the 1988 election.

 


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