MPP Glen Murray quits cabinet, expected to announce leadership bid

Glen Murray , MPP for Toronto Centre stepped down as minister of Training, Colleges and...

Glen Murray , MPP for Toronto Centre stepped down as minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. (Stan Behal/ QMI Agency file photo)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 12:56 PM ET

Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Glen Murray resigned from cabinet Saturday morning, opening up the path to a Liberal leadership bid.

"It was a difficult decision stepping down from cabinet but learning that Hon. John Milloy will replace me as Minister is great news!" Murray tweeted.

The Toronto Centre MPP will make an official announcement Sunday at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.

Don Valley West MPP Kathleen Wynne, who stepped out of her cabinet position Friday, is scheduled to launch her leadership campaign Monday.

Premier Dalton McGuinty has told his caucus that anyone who joins the race to replace him as party leader would need to resign from cabinet.

Several ministers have already declined an opportunity to run, and they have been taking on the duties of those dropping out of cabinet.

Milloy, minister of community and social services, would appear to have ruled out a bid by taking on Murray's role in cabinet.

Murray won the riding of Toronto Centre in a 2010 byelection called after the former MPP for the area, George Smitherman, quit to run in the Toronto mayoral campaign of that year.

Murray served as Mayor of Winnipeg - the first openly gay mayor of a large city in Canada.

He has a long history of working for human rights and social justice, and was a founding member of the Canadian AIDs Society.

Several big Liberal names are still considering a run at the top job including Sandra Pupatello, John Wilkinson and Gerard Kennedy.

The leadership will be decided at a Toronto convention in January.


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