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Premier's Statement on Margarett Best

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Premier's Statement on Margarett Best

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Premier Kathleen Wynne released the following statement today regarding the resignation of Margarett Best:

"I want to thank Margarett for her hard work on behalf of the people of Scarborough-Guildwood and all of Ontario.

Since her election in 2007, Margarett has been a passionate advocate for social equality and has made a real difference in people's lives. She held several cabinet portfolios, served on many vital committees dedicated to poverty reduction and social health, and introduced important legislative change.

As Minister of Health Promotion, she helped to ban smoking in cars when children are present and led Ontario's successful bid for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, which will showcase our region at its finest. And, as Minister of Consumer Services, she introduced the Wireless Services Agreements Act to strengthen protection for Ontario consumers.

In 2011, Margarett made history by becoming the first African-Canadian woman to successfully win re-election to the Ontario legislature - a truly proud moment for our province.

Throughout her political and community involvements, Margarett has proved herself as a distinguished role model, a proud mother and a strong voice for Ontario's under-represented communities.

I wish Margarett all the very best in this new phase of her life and career."