Today Ontario Liberal Finance Minister Dwight Duncan confirmed his resignation via Twitter, effective Feb. 14.
Echoing former Premiere Dalton McGuinty, who announced his resignation last October, Duncan claimed that it is time for the Liberal party to renew itself and make room for new ‘eyes and ears’.
“A task that will need to be addressed is the rebuilding of alliances that have suffered recently under this government,” Duncan said at a press conference at Queen’s Park.
Duncan said his resignation is not a result of Kathleen Wynne’s victory. Although he supported Sandra Puppatello during last month’s leadership convention, Duncan praised Wynne. He said she would be a great premiere who is “energetic and charismatic”.
Duncan spoke of the various cabinet posts he has held in the past nine years. “History will judge our government favourably,” he mused.
“This is thank you, not good-bye”, said Duncan who promised to be active behind the scenes in an “unelected capacity”.
Some sources are saying that Duncan will be working with Justin Trudeau in his bid to win the Federal Liberal leadership.
Luba Barakat, Duncan’s assistant at his Windsor constituency office, refused to confirm this statement. She said that she was happy that he was moving on to a new place, which “will probably be in the private sector”.