Regardless on how you feel about Greg Sorbara, he will be greatly missed from the Liberal cabinet. They have lost an extremely intelligent and expereinced person. Unfortunately, now Dalton McGuinty will have to quickly replace the Finance Minister with a new MPP. It will interesting to see who he decides to replace him with on Tuesday.
Read more from the Canadian Press below:
Greg Sorbara, Ontario’s long-term finance minister and chairman of the Liberal Party’s successful election campaign, surprised political observers Friday by announcing that he does not want to be in the new cabinet Premier Dalton McGuinty will announce on Tuesday.
Just two weeks after the Liberal government was elected in the Ontario party’s first back-to-back majority in 70 years, the 61-year-old former lawyer and businessman said he has heard the clock ticking and that he wants to spend more time with his large family.
“There just comes a time when one hears the clock ticking a little bit, and I have realized over the course of these past seven years how much of my energy, how much of my spirit, has been devoted to this enterprise,” an emotional Sorbara said, as his wife Kate stood by his side.
“I was less willing to acknowledge how the other part of my life, and in a sense the the most important part of my life, was not receiving that kind of attention.”
Sorbara, who said he will continue to represent his constituents in his Vaughan-area riding north of Toronto from the backbenches, joked that his grandchildren need to learn how to throw a baseball.
“I have six kids and each of them have partners, and their lives are so interesting and so attractive to me, and, yet, I can get little snippets of them,” Sorbara said.