DOUG FORD’S CABINET MINISTER RESIGNS AMID ALLEGATIONS, CABINET SHUFFLED
Ontario Progressive Conservative Minister Jim Wilson resigned from cabinet and the Tory caucus “to seek treatment for addiction issues,” a spokesman for Premier Doug Ford said on Friday evening. Wilson’s resignation from his post as minister of economic development, job creation and trade is effective immediately, Simon Jefferies said in a brief statement. Government House Leader Todd Smith will take over Wilson’s portfolio “on an interim basis,” Jefferies added.
Later as per the reports in the media from multiple sources learned that two senior members of Premier Doug Ford’s inner circle were forced to resign Friday due to allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour. Jim Wilson resigned from his position as Minister of Economic Development and Trade, as well as from the PC caucus after he was confronted with the allegations. After the Jim Wilson’s resignation Premier Ford Announced Changes to Cabinet in which Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, who has been serving as Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade on an interim basis, will assume full-time responsibility for this portfolio in addition to his ongoing responsibilities as Government House Leader. John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, is appointed Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.Sylvia Jones, MPP for Dufferin-Caledon, is appointed Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, is appointed Minister of Transportation. Michael Tibollo, MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge, is appointed Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, is appointed to cabinet as the Minister of Government and Consumer Services. The Premier also announced that Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby, is appointed Government Caucus Whip and Doug Downey, MPP for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, is appointed Deputy Government Caucus Whip.