Premier's Statement on Laurel Broten
Premier Kathleen Wynne released the following statement today regarding the resignation of Laurel Broten:
"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.
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. She introduced the Clean Water Act to safeguard Ontario's drinking water and oversaw the government's Poverty Reduction Strategy -- helping to lift more than 40,000 children and their families out of poverty.
Laurel's resignation will be effective July 2, as she and her family relocate to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her presence at Queen's Park will be missed and I wish Laurel all the very best in the new stage of her life and career.
Going forward, in addition to my responsibilities as Premier of Ontario and Minister of Agriculture and Food, I will be taking on the role of Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. I look forward to building on Laurel's work in my capacity as Chair of the Council of the Federation in Niagara-on-the-Lake this July.
I am pleased to announce that Teresa Piruzza will become Minister Responsible for Women's Issues."