Premier's Statement On The Resignation of Jim Watson
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today released the following statement on the resignation of Jim Watson from Cabinet:
"Earlier today, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Jim Watson, resigned from Cabinet so that he can seek election as Mayor of the City of Ottawa.
I would like to thank Jim for his tireless efforts as a member of our government. Since he was elected in 2003, Jim has served with distinction as Ontario's first Minister of Health Promotion, Minister of Consumer and Business Services, and most recently as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Ontarians live in a stronger, better province thanks to Jim Watson's dedication and hard work. By departing provincial politics to seek election at the municipal level, Jim is demonstrating his belief in public service and commitment to improving the lives of families in my hometown of Ottawa. I wish Jim the very best as he embarks on the next phase of his life.
Ontario's Minister of the Environment, John Gerretsen, will become Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on an interim basis. Having held that portfolio before, John is well-suited for this role and I want to thank him for assuming these additional responsibilities."