Canadian Minister Hunter Tootoo resigned his cabinet post and left the governing party caucus to seek treatment for an unspecified addiction, the first departure from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet.
Trudeau’s office announced the departure of Tootoo, his minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. The brief written statement on Tuesday evening did not specify what prompted the departure other than to say he will seek "treatment for addiction issues" and that the departure is effective immediately.
Tootoo confirmed the departure in his own statement, saying he was "stepping down" from the Liberal caucus "in order to not distract from the important work of my colleagues." He confirmed he would seek treatment for addiction issues and asked for privacy.
Tootoo’s cabinet duties will be taken over by Trudeau’s government leader in the House of Commons, Dominic LeBlanc.