From the second I read the news release last Friday stating that Jim Wilson was resigning from Doug Ford’s cabinet, I knew something was wrong.
The statement said that Wilson was resigning to seek help with addictions:
The Honourable Jim Wilson has resigned as Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade, effective immediately.
Mr. Wilson will also be resigning from the Progressive Conservative caucus to seek treatment for addiction issues.
That’s part of the emailed statement that showed up in my inbox at 6:12 pm on Friday, hours after Wilson had appeared at a sign unveiling with Ford.
The statement never seemed legit.
A few things jumped out with this statement. First Ford did not thank Wilson for his many years of service, nor wish him well in dealing with his addictions.
The giveaway though was the second paragraph.
When someone is simply stepping down due to their addictions issues they are normally thanked and wished well and they are not removed from caucus.
The statement said that Wilson was resigning from the PC caucus. Let’s be clear, he was kicked out.
Update 4:29 am November 8th, 2018: