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Ontario Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur announces resignation

Ontario Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur is seen at the Ontario legislature in Toronto on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel.
Ontario Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur is seen at the Ontario legislature in Toronto on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

TORONTO — Ontario Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur is resigning, the second Liberal cabinet minister to leave this week ahead of an anticipated shuffle.

In a statement Meilleur said she is stepping down both as attorney general and as MPP for her Ottawa-Vanier riding.

“This was not an easy decision, but after 25 years I have reached a point in my life where I would like to spend more time with my family and be closer to home,” Meilleur wrote Thursday night.

She will stay on until a replacement is named.

The Ontario legislature rose for its summer break Thursday and Premier Kathleen Wynne is widely expected to shuffle her cabinet soon.

Wynne thanked Meilleur – who has been Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs for 13 years – for her contributions.

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“Madeleine has been a strong voice for Franco-Ontarians for over a decade and her tireless work to advance the interests of the francophone community will have a lasting impact in our province,” the premier said in a statement.

“With her experience of 25 years in politics and several cabinet positions under her belt, Madeleine is a key member on our team and will be sorely missed by all.”

Meilleur, who is also a registered nurse and lawyer, has also served in cabinet as minister of culture, minister of community and social services and minister of community safety and correctional services.

In her statement she highlighted among her accomplishments making sprinklers mandatory in retirement homes, strengthening the Ontario Heritage Act and having Sept. 25 declared Franco-Ontarian Day.

Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Ted McMeekin also announced earlier this week he would resign when Wynne names a replacement.