11/02/2018 18:47 EDT | Updated 11/02/2018 18:47 EDT

Tory MPP Jim Wilson Steps Down From Ontario Cabinet For Addiction Treatment

He was first elected in 1990.

Canadian Press
Jim Wilson has resigned his cabinet post to “seek treatment for addiction issues.”

TORONTO — Ontario Progressive Conservative legislator Jim Wilson is resigning from cabinet and the Tory caucus "to seek treatment for addiction issues."

In a statement Friday evening, a spokesman for Premier Doug Ford says Wilson has resigned as the minister of economic development, job creation and trade "effective immediately."

Simon Jefferies says Government House Leader Todd Smith will take over Wilson's portfolio in the interim.

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

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