Tim Hudak speaks to supporters in Grimsby, Ont. as his wife Deb Hutton looks on on June 12, 2014. (Photo: Nathan Denette/CP)Hudak had served in the cabinet of Mike Harris and was elected PC leader in 2009, but failed to defeat the Liberal government in the 2011 and 2014 elections.
Problems with Patrick Brown?He emerged as a stronger MPP after stepping down as leader following the 2014 defeat, championing the sharing economy and more liberalized liquor laws, but never seemed to see eye-to-eye with new PC Leader Patrick Brown.
"These past 21 years have been tremendously rewarding, and I will miss my colleagues in all three parties."Brown issued a statement thanking Hudak for his public service. "I was moved by his compassionate and emotional speech in the legislature in opposition to the Liberal government's callous cuts to autism therapy," said Brown. Premier Kathleen Wynne will have six months after Hudak resigns to call a byelection in his riding. There is already a vacancy in the Ottawa-Vanier riding created when former attorney general Madeleine Meilleur resigned in June. There is already a byelection scheduled Sept. 1 in Scarborough-Rouge River to replace former MPP Bas Balkissoon.
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