Longtime Liberal MP Irwin Cotler won't be running in the next federal election.
He made the announcement in Ottawa earlier this afternoon.
The 73-year-old has represented the Montreal riding of Mount Royal since 1999. The former Justice Minister is known as a staunch defender of human rights and as a close friend to Israel.
Two men are already being considered potential successors.
One of them is Cote-St-Luc mayor Anthony Housefather.
Speaking to CJAD News, Housefather says he has already reached out to various community leaders in the riding and is garnering support.
He believes his 20 years of experience in politics and business make him the right candidate for the nomination.
Housefather points to his record as mayor as proof that he's not only able to deliver services cheaply and efficiently, but that he's also able to stand up to the provincial government.
Housefather says he's been involved in "the demerger referendums, bringing back our communities, I've stood up and spoken out against human rights abuses around the world but also here in Quebec, where I've led fights against [language law] Bill 14 and Bill 60 [the secularism charter]."
Another potential candidate in Cotler's chief of staff Howard Liebman.
The next federal election has to be held by October 2015.
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