Margarett Best resigns Scarborough-Guildwood seat

TORONTO – Liberal MPP Margarett Best is resigning her seat in Scarborough-Guildwood.

Best issued a statement announcing she was resigning her Scarborough-Guildwood seat “after more than five years of loyal service. She did not specify a reason for her departure.

“I want to thank all of my constituents for their support and friendship,” said Best.

“I take with me the satisfaction of being greatly enriched to have shared in your history, your culture, your ways of life and our common humanity.”

As minister of health promotion, Best helped pass legislation that banned smoking in vehicles with children.

Best made history in 2011 by becoming the first African-Canadian woman to successfully win re-election to the Ontario legislature, according to the premier’s office.

It was “a truly proud moment for our province,” Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a release.

“Throughout her political and community involvements, Margarett has proved herself as a distinguished role model, a proud mother and a strong voice for Ontario’s under-represented communities.”

“I wish Margarett all the very best in this new phase of her life and career.”

Wynne now must call five byelections.

Former cabinet ministers Chris Bentley and Dwight Duncan quit in February, followed by Dalton McGuinty and former education minister Laurel Broten earlier this month.

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