He's 49, been in politics for 18 years, has a new wife and new child, and has another child on the way. His dad was in politics and Peter rarely got to see him. Is it so despicable to think that he might want to be with his family and watch his kids grow up?
Very sad to see him leave. He was an outstanding Defence Minister, Justice Minister, family man, and one of the two men who should be credited for uniting the right and taking down the corrupt Liberals in 2006.
I saw the Ottawa Police sentry during the Vimy Ridge remembrance. From what I could see it was one Ottawa police officer (no squad car), one Corporal (overwatch and answering the public's questions), and the two sentries on duty.
Have you called or emailed to ask where he was? Some of them were across the world (i.e. Vietnam) on legitimate parliamentary business. Mr. O'Connor has had health problems owing to his age. *Hopefully* they all had a valid reason.