Ontario Labour Minister Monte McNaughton is stepping away from politics at a time when the Ford government continues to grapple with fallout from the Greenbelt development scandal.
McNaughton said it had been the “honour of a lifetime” to be labour minister, but the time was right to leave.
“It is always difficult to know the right time to leave politics,” he wrote. “After much soul searching over the summer months, I have accepted a job in the private sector.”
His resignation comes a day after Premier Doug Ford pledged to return protected Greenbelt lands his government had selected to be removed in order to build housing.
“He made this decision based on what is best for him and his family at this point in his life and career,” Mr. Ford wrote.
'Reversing the Changes'Mr. McNaughton’s departure marks the third minister to resign from the Progressive Conservative caucus this month.
Mr. Rahseed quit the cabinet and caucus after his office admitted the MPP provided incorrect information to the province’s integrity commissioner about a 2020 trip to Las Vegas.
Mr. Rahseed had told the commissioner that he and two staffers encountered prominent developer Shakir Rehmatullah there but were on separate trips. CTV later reported that they booked massages for the same time.
"It was a mistake to open the Greenbelt. It was a mistake to establish a process that moved too fast. This process, it left too much room for some people to benefit over others. It caused people to question our motives," he said. "As a first step to earn back your trust, I’ll be reversing the changes we made and won’t make any changes to the Greenbelt in the future."