Ontario Housing Minister Steve Clark has tendered his resignation from his cabinet role.
In a letter posted on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, Mr. Clark says the housing crisis in Ontario “demands someone who is not a distraction from the important work that needs to be done.”
“Although my initial thought was that I could stay in this role and establish a proper process so that these mistakes don’t happen again, I realize that my presence will only cause a further distraction from the important work that needs to be done ad that I need to take accountability for what has transpired,” he said in his letter on Sept. 4, addressed to Premier Doug Ford.
“As someone who has given my life to serving the people through our democratic institutions, it is my responsibility to adhere to the principles of Ministerial accountability.”
Mr. Clark’s move comes days after a scathing report from the province’s integrity commissioner, who found he violated ethics rules for the way the government removed land earmarked for development from the protected Greenbelt.
On Thursday, the MPP said he would continue to serve his constituents in the riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.
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