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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:24 am    Post subject: Simcoe Grey mpp Jim Wilson resigns from cabinet Reply with quote

( as this story just broke late last night I'm unclear of some details as to what exactly happened . but it he did in fact resign from cabinet and the pc caucus . to deal with some sort of person addiction issue )



Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson quits to tackle addiction issues

News 08:00 PM by Robert Benzie  Toronto Star|


Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson



Simcoe-Grey MPP and Economic Development Minister Jim Wilson has resigned from Premier Doug Ford’s cabinet to tackle his addiction issues.

Wilson, the most experienced member of Ford’s cabinet, was with the premier Friday morning in Sarnia.

“Mr. Wilson will also be resigning from the Progressive Conservative caucus to seek treatment for addiction issues,” Ford’s office said in a terse statement Friday night.


“(Government House Leader) Todd Smith will serve as minister of economic development, job creation, and trade on an interim basis in addition to his ongoing role as minister of government and consumer services and government house leader,” the statement from the premier’s office read.

The announcement comes only a week after Wilson was the target of an electronic death threat, after making an announcement about the government's new Open for Business Act Oct. 23.

It’s the second time Wilson has resigned from a PC cabinet — in 1996, when he was premier Mike Harris’s health minister he quit after one of his aides breached the privacy. He later returned to Harris’s cabinet.

First elected in 1990, the Simcoe Grey MPP also served as interim Tory leader after the 2014 election.

Well-regarded at Queen’s Park, Wilson is known for working long hours.


https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/9004018-simcoe-grey-mpp-jim-wilson-quits-to-tackle-addiction-issues/
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ontario cabinet minister Jim Wilson resigns 'to seek treatment for addiction issues'


Government House Leader Todd Smith will temporarily take over Wilson's portfolio



The Canadian Press · Posted: Nov 02, 2018 6:42 PM ET | Last Updated: November 2



Jim Wilson has resigned as Ontario's Minister for Economic Development and from the PC caucus to seek treatment for addiction issues, according to the premier's spokesperson. (Ontario Legislature)


Ontario Progressive Conservative legislator Jim Wilson has resigned from cabinet and the Tory caucus "to seek treatment for addiction issues," a spokesman for Premier Doug Ford said Friday evening.

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 with the premier at a border crossing near Sarnia, Ont.

The two were photographed alongside two other Tory politicians in front of a sign advertising Ontario as "Open for Business."

First elected in 1990, Wilson represents the riding of Simcoe-Grey on Georgian Bay.

When the Progressive Conservatives swept to power under Mike Harris in 1995, Wilson was appointed minister of health and later became the energy, science and technology minister.

He also served under then-premier Ernie Eves in various portfolios, including briefly in environment.

He was elected interim party leader in July 2014 following Tim Hudak's resignation,a role he held until Patrick Brown took over as leader the following May.

According to a biography on his website, Wilson was raised in Alliston, Ont., and lives in Wasaga Beach.

"Jim Wilson has been my friend for 13 years and was my seatmate for many years. I hope he gets the help and peace he deserves," Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod wrote on Twitter.

"I thank him for 30 years of service and for being our interim leader in the last parliament."

Wilson's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday evening.



https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/jim-wilson-resigns-from-cabinet-caucus-1.4890328
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ontario Premier Doug Ford to announce cabinet shuffle: Sources

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Published:
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford sits with members of his cabinet prior to being sworn in Friday. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press)



Government sources say Ontario Premier Doug Ford will announce changes to his cabinet on Monday.

The news follows the abrupt resignation of Jim Wilson as minister of economic development, job creation and trade on Friday.

Ford’s office said Wilson was also resigning from the Progressive Conservative caucus “to seek treatment for addiction issues.”


MPP Jim Wilson during question period as the conservative party plans to pass a bill to reduce Toronto city council by nearly half on Monday September 17, 2018. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

Wilson stepped down hours after appearing with Ford at a border crossing near Sarnia, Ont., where they unveiled a sign advertising Ontario as “Open for Business.”

The cabinet changes come just over four months after Ford led his party to victory in the spring provincial election.

https://torontosun.com/news/provincial/ontario-premier-doug-ford-to-announce-cabinet-shuffle-sources
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

News Release


Premier Doug Ford Announces Changes to Cabinet


November 5, 2018 8:30 A.M.

Office of the Premier

TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford today met with the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, to share his recommended changes to the Executive Council following the resignation of Jim Wilson as Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.

Following his meeting with the Lieutenant Governor, Premier Ford announced the following changes to ministerial assignments within the cabinet.

The Honourable Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, who has been serving as Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade on an interim basis, will assume full-time responsibility for this portfolio in addition to his ongoing responsibilities as Government House Leader.

The Honourable John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, is appointed Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.

The Honourable Sylvia Jones, MPP for Dufferin-Caledon, is appointed Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

The Honourable Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, is appointed Minister of Transportation.

The Honourable Michael Tibollo, MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge, is appointed Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, is appointed to cabinet as the Minister of Government and Consumer Services.

The Premier also announced that Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby, is appointed Government Caucus Whip and Doug Downey, MPP for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, is appointed Deputy Government Caucus Whip.

All other Ministerial, Parliamentary Assistant, and Government Caucus and Committee roles remain unchanged.

"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," said Ford. "We have the best team in politics and a plan that is working."


https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2018/11/premier-doug-ford-announces-changes-to-cabinet.html
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ford shakes up cabinet after senior minister resigns

By Marieke Walsh. Published on Nov 5, 2018 9:33am


TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford has given his cabinet a major overhaul after his most senior minister resigned Friday citing addictions issues.

After just four months in government, Ford has brought a new minister on board and shuffled five others.

The Monday morning ceremony was held in secret. With no access granted to journalists at the swearing in, no photo ops and no media availabilities.

The shuffle was sparked by the exit of former trade and jobs minister Jim Wilson, but also included two demotions. It also follows the exit of a top political staffer in the government last week.

[READ MORE: Minister loses top staffer after damaging news story]

Former community safety minister Michael Tibollo is being replaced by his cabinet colleague Sylvia Jones.

Tibollo lost his chief of staff last week at the same time that the Globe and Mail and Queen’s Park Briefing released damaging stories involving ongoing lawsuits and his connection to a $40-million Ponzi scheme that took place in the 1990s.

Tibollo takes Jones’ former job as tourism, culture and sport minister.

John Yakabuski was demoted from transportation minister to natural resources minister. He trades portfolios with Jeff Yurek.

Todd Smith, who was named on Friday as Wilson’s interim replacement, formally takes on the job of economic development, job creation and trade minister. He will keep his second job as government house leader.

The new entrant to cabinet is Bill Walker, who will take on Smith’s former portfolio as minister for government and consumer services.

Wilson’s departure is a major loss for Ford’s cabinet. He was the only minister who had any previous ministerial experience. Wilson served in the governments of former premiers Mike Harris and Ernie Eves.

Not only did Wilson resign from cabinet but he has also left the Progressive Conservative caucus.

In a press release issued after the shuffle Ford said his government is taking the “opportunity to calibrate our cabinet assignments to ensure we continue to deliver on our commitments to the people.

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

https://ipolitics.ca/2018/11/05/ford-shakes-up-cabinet-after-senior-minister-resigns/
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No more info yet ?

Why is that ?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( had just seen this article before lunch and in the process of posting it , don't know much about this mpp's personal life , his Wikipedia page does not list a spouse or any children . the sexual misconduct claim against him comes from a male staffer which will surprise many to hear that )


November 5, 2018 11:49 am Updated: November 5, 2018 11:58 am

EXCLUSIVE: Sexual misconduct allegations led to Jim Wilson’s resignation

By Travis Dhanraj
Queen’s Park Bureau Chief Global News



Global News has learned from multiple sources that two senior members of Premier Doug Ford’s inner circle were forced to resign Friday due to allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior.



Jim Wilson resigned from his position as Minister of Economic Development and Trade, as well as PC caucus, after he was confronted with the allegations.



The allegations, involving sexual misconduct, were made by a male Queen’s Park staffer and the Premier’s office became aware of the claim late Friday afternoon.

Just after 6 p.m., a member of Premier Ford’s communications team issued the following statement: “The Honourable Jim Wilson has resigned as Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade, effective immediately. Mr. Wilson will also be resigning from the Progressive Conservative caucus to seek treatment for addiction issues.”

The short statement made no mention of the allegations against Wilson.



Wilson will remain as the MPP for the riding of Simcoe—Grey, sitting as an independent. Jim Wilson has been a member of provincial parliament since 1990 and has served in the cabinets of former premiers Mike Harris and Ernie Eves. He was also chosen by the PC Party to serve as interim leader following the 2014 resignation of former leader Tim Hudak.

Global News reached out to the Premier’s office and Jim Wilson for comment and have not received a reply.

Global News also learned from multiple sources that Andrew Kimber, Ford’s Executive Director of Issues Management and Legislative Affairs, resigned Friday after being confronted about multiple sexually inappropriate text messages he allegedly sent to a female staffer at Queen’s Park.

No statement was issued about Kimber’s departure or about the allegations. Kimber had been a trusted advisor to the Premier since he was sworn in this summer.

https://globalnews.ca/news/4630597/jim-wilson-resignation-ontario-politics/
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So his 'addiction' is to men ?

Ok.

Ford probably should not have sat on the reasoning as long as he did.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sexual misconduct against a male doesn’t necessarily mean that Wilson is attracted to men. Misconduct is different than assault. It’s possible he may have verbally harnessed a male for his sexual orientation, or what not. If he has an alcohol problem, as has been reported, he may have done something like this while drunk.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I understand that and thank you.

Im just wondering why there is 'addiction' reason on his docket for being removed.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toronto Centre wrote:
I understand that and thank you.

Im just wondering why there is 'addiction' reason on his docket for being removed.



at this point we have too little info to come to a conclusion as to what happened , its been reported he has in fact entered some sort of addictions treatment , I don't think that was inaccurate


as to why the accusation came from a male staffer ? its really tough to say . I noticed the news at 6 wasn't willing to repeat the accusations made in the global story
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ont. gov't resignations follow separate inappropriate conduct allegations


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Published:
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Ontario PC MPP Jim Wilson. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette



Two separate allegations of inappropriate conduct have triggered a pair of high-profile resignations in the Ontario PC government.

On Monday, Premier Doug Ford’s office announced a cabinet shuffle to replace former economic development, job creation and trade minister Jim Wilson who, according to a statement from the premier’s office, stepped down last week to “seek treatment for addiction issues.”

These issues specifically concern alcohol abuse, the Sun has learned.


Multiple sources confirmed to the Sun that Wilson is also the subject an inappropriate conduct complaint from a political staffer.

The male complainant alleged an intoxicated Wilson made inappropriate comments and sexual passes towards him.


Also on Monday, executive director of issues management and legislative affairs Andrew Kimber stepped down, the subject of his own improper conduct allegations.

Separate sources say Kimber — a now-former prominent member of the premier’s inner circle of advisors — is accused of sending sexually-inappropriate text messages and other content to fellow staffers and party members.


Andrew Kimber, centre, with former PC Party leader Tim Hudak, left, and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, right. (Twitter)

Prior to joining the premier’s office in June, Kimber served for three years as deputy director of issues management with the Ontario PC Party from 2011 to 2014.

A veteran PC MPP in the riding of Simcoe-Grey, Wilson was elected in the 1990 provincial election and served in both the Mike Harris and Ernie Eves cabinets.

He also served as interim party leader following Tim Hudak’s resignation in 2014.

Invitations for comment from both Wilson and Kimber have not been responded to.

https://torontosun.com/news/provincial/ont-govt-resignations-follow-separate-inappropriate-conduct-allegations
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doug Ford says he hid sexual misconduct allegation against Jim Wilson to protect accuser


Premier says his economic minister was forced to resign, is now in rehab



John Rieti · CBC News · Posted: Nov 07, 2018 11:39 AM ET | Last Updated: 12 minutes ago



Premier Doug Ford said his former economic development minister, Jim Wilson, was forced to resign after an allegation of sexual misconduct. (Liam Richards/Canadian Press)


Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he didn't disclose his ex-economic development minister was facing an allegation of sexual misconduct to protect the staffer who made the complaint.

Ford, speaking for the first time since Jim Wilson resigned from his cabinet post and the Progressive Conservative caucus and announced he would be seeking treatment for addiction issues, said his government has launched an investigation into the situation.


The premier clarified Wednesday that Wilson was forced to resign.



"I have zero tolerance for this behaviour," Ford told reporters.

Ford didn't disclose what Wilson said when confronted with the allegation, but said the veteran politician "understands the situation."

Ford said the person who made the allegation asked him repeatedly not to alert the media to the story.

"I commend them for coming forward and having that courage," Ford said, adding he's respecting that request.

"They're a priority. They trump the media."

Ford clarified that Wilson has gone to rehab in the wake of the incident, and said addiction is a real issue.


https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/doug-ford-comments-on-jim-wilson-situation-1.4895445?cmp=rss
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:

Doug Ford says he hid sexual misconduct allegation against Jim Wilson to protect accuser



Wait a sec....aren't we supposed to know who and what the allegations are all about including names ?

Gee ...wonder why the flip flop ?
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