05/31/2016 15:51 EDT | Updated 06/01/2017 01:12 EDT

NewsAlert: Fisheries Minister Tootoo leaving caucus over 'addiction issues': PM

OTTAWA — Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo has resigned from the federal cabinet.

He is also leaving the Liberal caucus.

A statement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office says Tootoo is "taking time to seek treatment for addiction issues."

Dominic LeBlanc, the government's House leader, will assume Tootoo's cabinet responsibilities.