A graceful exit can be particularly difficult for an elected official at the provincial or federal level. When do you leave? How do you leave? Who will replace you? What will you do when you are out of politics? The jokes about politicians’ lives are endless, but the reality is that successful politicians at this level become their jobs. There’s always another legislative session, committee meeting, ribbon to cut, event to attend, constituent waiting to bend your ear, or election to prepare for.