William Amos steps down from next federal election

William Amos Official Portrait/ Portrait officiel Ottawa, ONTARIO, Canada on 25 November, 2019. © HOC-CDC Credit: Mélanie Provencher, House of Commons Photo Services

François Carrier

PONTIAC – After a few weeks of reflection, Pontiac MP William Amos announced on August 8 that he will not be a candidate in the upcoming federal election.
First elected in 2015, Amos isn’t closing the door on active politics. “After much reflection with my family, while I’m not closing the door on politics in the future, I’ve concluded this isn’t the right time to embark on another election campaign and I wish to explore other avenues that allow a better balance between personal and professional life. This was a very difficult decision to make,” he explained.
After two incidents last spring where Amos appeared naked during parliamentary proceedings, he sought professional help and has been following ‘a wellness plan’ to address his “hyperactive, multi-tasking” personality, which he says was the cause of the incidents.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may decide to call an election as early as August.