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David Orazietti to step down as MPP

The MPP made the announcement at his office this afternoon
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Sault MPP David Orazietti is pictured in this June 30 file photo at Korah Collegiate. Donna Hopper/SooToday

David Orazietti announced this afternoon that he is leaving politics after 13 years as Sault Ste. Marie's member of provincial parliament.

The 48-year-old is leaving Kathleen Wynne's cabinet effective today. He currently serves as Ontario's Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

He will be stepping down as the Sault's MPP effective Dec. 31.

He told reporters this afternoon he will spend more time with family.

Orazietti made the announcement moments ago at his Great Northern Road office.

He told reporters he informed Premier Kathleen Wynne of his intentions following Wednesday's cabinet meeting.

A by-election will have to be held within six months.

Orazietti's full statement can be read here

Premier Kathleen Wynne has issued a statement

SooToday will have full coverage from today's announcement

Darren Taylor

About the Author: Darren Taylor

Darren Taylor is a news reporter and photographer in Sault Ste Marie. He regularly covers community events, political announcements and numerous board meetings. With a background in broadcast journalism, Darren has worked in the media since 1996.
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