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Conservative MPP for Grey-Simcoe Jim Wilson resigns

Posted On: Saturday, November 10, 2018

Ford confirmed this on Wednesday by saying Wilson “understood the situation and understood he had to leave the party” when confronted with the allegation. If he did not offer his resignation, Ford said he “would have been fired immediately.” Ford said the provincial government has hired a third-party team, which includes former police officers, to investigate the matters. The accuser has not gone to police with these allegations, according to Ford.

Conservative MPP for Grey-Simcoe Jim Wilson resigns

A statement from the Office of the Premier stated that Wilson's resignation was to "seek treatment for substance addiction." Media later reported that Wilson's resignation was related to allegations of sexual misconduct against him. The Premier's Office initially refused to confirm or deny the reports. However, Premier Doug Ford confirmed on November 7, 2018 that Wilson was asked to resign from caucus in response to allegations of sexual misconduct; Ford further added that his office had initially claimed publicly that Wilson's resignation was for substance abuse treatment in order to protect the complainant.

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.

Just hours before his resignation was announced, Wilson, 55, appeared alongside Premier Ford on Friday at a border crossing near Sarnia, Ont. as the government unveiled its new “Open for Business” signs.


He is just 129 days into his mandate, but Premier Doug Ford has shuffled his cabinet.

“After four months of unprecedented action, we are taking this opportunity to calibrate our cabinet assignments to ensure we continue to deliver on our commitments to the people,” Ford said in a statement released Monday.

“We have the best team in politics and a plan that is working.”

A statement from the premier’s office stated that Wilson resigned from cabinet and the Tory caucus “to seek treatment for addiction issues” .

Government House Leader Todd Smith, who took over for Wilson’s portfolio on an interim basis, will take on the role full time.

As well, the following changes have been made:

  • John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, appointed Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Sylvia Jones, MPP for Dufferin-Caledon, appointed Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
  • Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, appointed Minister of Transportation
  • Michael Tibollo, MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge, appointed Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
  • Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, appointed to cabinet as the Minister of Government and Consumer Services


From Wikipedia

Jim Wilson (born April 4, 1963) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is an independent member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario representing the riding of Simcoe—Grey, and was first elected in 1990 to the predecessor riding of Simcoe West. He sat as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario caucus from his first election until November 2, 2018, when he resigned from caucus due to allegations of sexual misconduct.[1] While part of the PC caucus, Wilson was chosen by his fellow caucus members on July 2, 2014 to serve as interim leader of the party and Leader of the Opposition following the resignation of Tim Hudak. He continued to serve as Leader of the Opposition until September 2015 when new party leader, Patrick Brown entered the legislature through a by-election.


Wilson was educated at St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto where he served as student council president and as a member of the university's governing council. During and after his graduation, he worked as an assistant to Ontario Management Board chair George McCague, and subsequently worked for federal cabinet minister Perrin Beatty.


In opposition

In the 1990 provincial election, he was elected in Simcoe West by 1940 votes over New Democrat Leo Loserit. The NDP won a majority government in this election, while the Tories won only 20 seats of 130 for third-party status. In September 1991, Wilson was appointed as party Critic for health policy.

Harris government

There was a significant swing to the Progressive Conservatives in the 1995 provincial election, and Wilson was re-elected by almost 20,000 votes over his nearest opponent. On June 26, 1995, he was appointed Minister of Health in the government of Mike Harris.

As health minister, Wilson resigned in the wake of allegations that a member of his staff improperly obtained and leaked confidential information about a cardiologist's income as part of a bid to discredit a vocal opponent in the continuing dispute over government cutbacks in doctors' incomes. The personal information leaked was deemed to be without the knowledge of, or at the request of the minister or ministry staff.

In October 1997, Wilson was named as Minister of Energy, Science and Technology.

After redistribution, Wilson ran for re-election in the 1999 provincial election in the new seat of Simcoe—Grey. He defeated his nearest opponent, Liberal Norman Sandberg, by over 19,000 votes

Eves Government 

He was retained in the Energy, Science and Technology portfolio until April 2002, when Ernie Eves replaced Mike Harris as Premier. Eves named Wilson as Minister of Northern Development and Mines, and Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. On June 17, 2003, he was also named Minister of Environment.

Opposition (2nd time)

The Progressive Conservatives were defeated in the 2003 election, although Wilson retained Simcoe—Grey by a reduced margin. In 2004, he supported John Tory's successful bid to replace Eves as party leader. In 2009, he supported Tim Hudak's successful bid to replace Tory as party leader.

He was re-elected to the Ontario Legislature on October 10, 2007 defeating his nearest opponent by 11,711 votes. He was re-elected again in the 2011 election for his sixth term defeating his nearest opponent by 14,935 votes. He was re-elected by a slimmer margin in the 2014 provincial election.

Under Hudak, from 2011 to 2014, Wilson served as Opposition House Leader.

Interim leadership

Following Hudak's resignation, Wilson was chosen interim leader by caucus on July 2, 2014, defeating John Yakabuski and Randy Hillier and served until a leadership election was held in May 2015 which chose Patrick Brown as Hudak's permanent successor. In the fall of 2015, Wilson then returned to his role as Opposition House Leader.

Ford government

Wilson was sworn in as Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade when the ministry was formed. Wilson resigned from cabinet and the Progressive Conservative caucus on November 2, 2018. 

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