Put simply, it just seems like time. I am now in my 25th consecutive year working in federal politics. I spent 18 years working as an assistant to the former MP for Burnaby-Douglas, Svend Robinson, and almost seven years as the MP. I was elected and re-elected three times. Few political careers span 25 years.While I wish MP Siksay well in his future endeavors, an ally like Bill in Parliament is going to be hard to replace. It really speaks to the urgent need for Canadian trans people to step up their civil rights game and run for public office. Trans Canadians (and your American cousins as well ) need to be running in increasing numbers not only for their local city councils, but national and provincial legislatures.