Ontario’s minister of municipal affairs and housing, Ted McMeekin has announced that he is to resign his cabinet post.
In a statement posted to Facebook on Monday, McMeekin said he had made the decision to do so in an effort to help the premier achieve gender parity.
”I have three daughters, all confident and accomplished young women. With my wonderful wife, they are the joy of my life. Thinking of them, I’ve often dreamed of a day when the question of gender parity wouldn’t even arise, because it would just be taken for granted.”
He added that he has never been afraid to call himself a feminist and that ”sometimes the best way for a man to advance the equality of women may be to step back and make room at the table.”
However McMeekin also acknowledged that the decision was not an easy one saying that ”even with all of my privilege and advantages, there’s a part of me that still wants to cry out “this isn’t fair.” It has caused me some soul searching. Ultimately, I support the Premier’s leadership in this matter and I want to do what I can to help her achieve it.”
He will continue to serve as minister of municipal affairs and housing until Premier Kathleen Wynne names a replacement.
The news comes amid much speculation that a cabinet shuffle is pending.