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Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis pauses as he announces he will step down as the Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt following Question Period in the House of Commons Tuesday April 1, 2014 in Ottawa.
Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis pauses as he announces he will step down as the Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt following Question Period in the House of Commons Tuesday April 1, 2014 in Ottawa.
(Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Long-time MP Karygiannis: ‘This is not the same Liberal Party we knew’

Jim Karygiannis is settled at a table at the back of a Greek restaurant on the Danforth in Toronto. After more than 25 years as a Liberal MP and as one of the few to avoid the Conservative sweep incursion into Toronto suburbs in 2011, Mr. Karygiannis retired earlier this month.

He is in an expansive mood, willing to discuss everything from the changing nature of the party to its leadership failings and his experience as a party point man for ethnic politics.