Ahead of the June 2nd election, the Ford government is facing another high-profile resignation. Deputy Premier Christine Elliott announced on Friday that she would be leaving politics just months before the election. Elliott has been the health minister since the ford government was elected in 2018. This put her at the frontlines of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elliott is now the second senior member of Ford’s cabinet to step down this year. Rod Phillips announced his resignation in January and he was serving as the minister of long-term care. Phillips was also the province’s finance minister at one point. In 2018 Elliott was a sliver away from beating Ford in the Ontario PC leadership race. She lost by a margin of one per cent.
Elliott issued a statement on Friday which said “I sought elected office in 2006 because of my strong desire to improve the quality of life of individuals with special needs, as well as mental health challenges. I saw gaps in care and that motivated me to action,”
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