Liberal cabinet minister Laurel Broten resigns

By Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun

Liberal cabinet minister Laurel Broten announced she will leave politics. (DAVE THOMAS, Toronto Sun)

Liberal cabinet minister Laurel Broten announced she will leave politics. (DAVE THOMAS, Toronto Sun)

Toronto - 

After nearly 10 years as an MPP, Liberal cabinet minister Laurel Broten is leaving politics.

Broten, Ontario's intergovernmental affairs minister, announced Sunday in a release that "it is time for me to look forward to the challenges of the next chapter in my career."

The MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore said she told Premier Kathleen Wynne she will step down as of July 2. She and her family will move to Halifax.

"I want to thank my friend Laurel for her dedication and hard work on behalf of the people of Etobicoke-Lakeshore and all of Ontario," Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a statement.

"For more than nine years, Laurel has been an integral member of our team, having served in such diverse portfolios as minister of children and youth services, minister of the environment and minister of education. In these roles and in everything she did, Laurel was a tireless advocate for the women of Ontario."

A lawyer, Broten was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 after losing to Progressive Conservative Morley Kells in 1999.

"Throughout my life, I have always believed that change is good. That, in fact, change is really the only constant in our lives," Broten said, adding her decision was a difficult one to make.

Wynne said that in addition to her responsibilities as premier and minister of agriculture and food, she will also be minister of intergovernmental affairs.

The premier also announced that Windsor West MPP Teresa Piruzza will become minister responsible for women's Issues.

In addition to Etobicoke-Lakeshore, Wynne must call byelections where three other top Liberal MPPs have quit: Ottawa South to replace former premier Dalton McGuinty; Windsor-Tecumseh, Dwight Duncan's former riding; and London-West, which was held by Chris Bentley before he resigned.

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