Questions swirling around Wilson exit
Investigation and allegations suggest more to departure than treatment for alcoholism
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.