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Finance Minister Duncan to resign today

Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan says he resign today and leave the legislature next week.

Duncan says on Twitter that he will resign as the member for Windsor-Tecumseh, effective Feb 14.

Word of Duncan’s plans broke on Wednesday and the minister is holding a news conference today.

Duncan, who supported Sandra Pupatello, had made it clear during the Liberal leadership race that he intended to resign his seat soon.

And Duncan had said he didn’t want to stay in cabinet because premier-designate Kathleen Wynne needs a new team to lead the government.

Duncan’s resignation will clear the way for a byelection in Windsor-Tecumseh. Duncan has represented Windsor-area ridings since 1995.