Duncan ends his taxing tenure as finance minister

Dwight Duncan. (QMI Agency Files)

Dwight Duncan. (QMI Agency Files)

Christina Blizzard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:03 PM ET

TORONTO - To the great surprise of no one, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan announced he's leaving his Windsor Tecumseh seat and moving on to greener pastures.

His resignation is effective Valentine's Day, so when everyone else is whispering those three little words, "I love you," we'll be remembering three nasty letters -- HST -- and how we all got screwed by his tax on everything.

Duncan supported Sandra Pupatello for the Liberal leadership and made it clear if she won, he'd step aside to give her his seat.

What's surprising is that even though Pupatello didn't win, he's still stepping down.

Rumours swirl that he has a high-powered Bay St. job lined up, although he denied that Thursday.

At the same time, veteran Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci announced he wouldn't be seeking a cabinet role and won't run in the next election.

Translated, that means Bartolucci realizes he's not going to make it to premier-designate Kathleen Wynne's cabinet, so he's moving on.


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