Peter Shurman announces resignation

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 1:48 PM ET

TORONTO — Ontario Progressive Conservatives have lost one of their most high-profile members of caucus — Thornhill MPP Peter Shurman.

The PC MPP has resigned his seat effective Dec. 31 and has withdrawn his nomination as a candidate in the next election.

“Having carefully considered my situation for several months, I have concluded that continuing my political career would be a mistake for me,” Shurman said in a statement Tuesday.

Shurman was one of PC Leader Tim Hudak’s most talented and outspoken critics until the two fell out over a housing allowance controversy.

Shurman was stripped of his finance critic role after it was revealed that he had sold his Thornhill residence, moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake and claimed a housing allowance for a Toronto apartment.

The allowance is available to MPPs who live more than 50 kilometres from Queen’s Park, and a Thornhill residence would normally not qualify.

While Shurman had not violated the policy, it was later amended by MPPs to prevent any similar claim.

The resignation comes on the heel of another expense issue.