Toronto Liberal John Godfrey is quitting federal politics to return to his academics roots.
The MP for Don Valley West was expected to formally announce his decision Monday afternoon but party sources confirmed the news.
Sources say that Godfrey will leave politics in July to join the Toronto French School, a bilingual institution with more than 1,000 students.
Godfrey, 64, was first elected in 1993 and under former prime minister Paul Martin, served as cities minister, helping bring in a deal that saw municipalities get a share of federal gas tax revenues.
He ran briefly in the leadership race to replace Martin but dropped out after worries about his health. Before entering politics, Godfrey served 10 years as president of King’s College and a stint as editor of the Financial Post.