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Linda Jeffrey resigns as Liberal MPP

Ontario’s Municipal Affairs Minister Linda Jeffrey is leaving provincial politics, paving the way for a run for mayor of Brampton.

She resigned on Tuesday from cabinet and as MPP for Brampton-Springdale.

The former Brampton city councillor was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003. She’s also held the portfolios of natural resources, labour and minister responsible for seniors.

Jeffrey is the latest Liberal to quit since Premier Kathleem Wynne took the top job just over a year ago.

Cabinet minister Laurel Broten quit last July, following former finance minister Dwight Duncan and ex-energy minister Chris Bentley.

Wynne has six months to call a byelection.

Jeffrey — who served on Brampton city council before entering provincial politics — has been critical of current Mayor Susan Fennell.

Fennell, who’s mired in an expenses scandal, released a statement on Monday saying Jeffrey has a record of financial mismanagement at the provincial level.

The municipal election will be held on Oct. 27.