Liberal backbencher Kim Craitor has resigned
his Niagara Falls seat, paving the way for another byelection.
Premier Kathleen Wynne says Craitor is stepping down immediately.
No reason was given for his departure, but Craitor has been at odds with the government over the closure of Fort Erie’s gaming facility and the uncertain future facing its horse racing operation.
He was known for not always toeing the party line, including
skipping the final vote on contentious legislation forcing new contracts on public school teachers.
Craitor was first elected in 2003 and was a municipal politician
before entering provincial politics.
Wynne said a byelection to fill the vacancy will be called within the next six months.