Then-Justice Minister David Lametti speaks to reporters after a meeting of the Liberal caucus in Ottawa, May 31, 2023.© Provided by National Post

by Catherine Levesque

National Post

January 25, 2024

OTTAWA – Former justice minister David Lametti is resigning as a Montreal Liberal MP at the end of the month.

In a statement, Lametti said it is “with some sadness” that he is leaving his “dream job” but said that his constituents “would benefit from a change of voice and style” after more than eight years in the job.

A professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, Lametti was first elected as MP for LaSalle-Emard-Verdun in 2015 and served as parliamentary secretary to the ministers of international trade and innovation, science and economic development.

He became Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada in 2019, taking over from Jody Wilson-Raybould who went on to resign from the Liberal caucus in the wake of the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

As minister, Lametti oversaw revised legislation of medical assistance in dying (MAID) so that it no longer required a person’s natural death to be reasonably foreseeable in response to the Superior Court of Quebec’s 2019 ruling.

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(Ed Note: David Lametti is a personal friend of Justin Trudeau)