Ques­tions swirling around Wil­son exit

In­ves­ti­ga­tion and al­le­ga­tions sug­gest more to de­par­ture than treat­ment for al­co­holism

StarMetro Toronto - - TORONTO - Robert Ben­zie

In­ves­ti­ga­tions of key play­ers in Premier Doug Ford’s gov­ern­ment have been launched, sug­gest­ing there is more to for­mer min­is­ter Jim Wil­son’s sud­den de­par­ture than the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives’ ini­tial story that he was seek­ing treat­ment for al­co­hol.

Chil­dren, Com­mu­nity Ser­vices and Women’s Is­sues Min­is­ter Lisa Ma­cleod con­firmed that “swift ac­tion was taken” by the Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment.

Wil­son “re­signed from cau­cus im­me­di­ately. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion was put in place,” Ma­cleod told re­porters in Ot­tawa on Mon­day.

She also said a sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing con­ducted into al­le­ga­tions against An­drew Kim­ber, the premier’s Jim Wil­son, Ford's most se­nior min­is­ter, quit sud­denly on Fri­day.

ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of is­sues man­age­ment and leg­isla­tive af­fairs, who re­signed from Ford’s of­fice just hours af­ter Wil­son’s exit.

“I know in both in­stances that were re­vealed to­day that in­ves­ti­ga­tions — third-party in­ves­ti­ga­tions — started to take place im­me­di­ately,” Ma­cleod said.

Mul­ti­ple news or­ga­ni­za­tions re­ported Mon­day that Wil­son quit af­ter a com­plaint from a male Tory staffer and that Kim­ber left af­ter it was al­leged that in­ap­pro­pri­ate texts were sent to fe­male PC aides. The truth of both al­le­ga­tions has not been de­ter­mined.

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