Liberal cabinet minister David Orazietti has announced that he is stepping down from his ministerial post, and also as a member of provincial parliament.
The Community Safety and Correctional Services minister made the announcement in his Sault Ste. Marie riding Friday afternoon, saying he is leaving his cabinet post immediately and will resign from Queen’s Park at the end of the month.
Orazietti was first elected in 2003, and has also served as Government and Consumer Services minister and Natural Resources minister.
A former high school teacher, Orazietti first jumped into politics at the local level, serving as a city councillor for two terms.
Several of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cabinet ministers stepped down this summer when house prorogued.
Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur left politics altogether, while Seniors Minister Mario Sergio, Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Ted McMeekin and cabinet chair Jim Bradley resigned from cabinet.