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‘He’s got to resign’

Former provincial labour minister Peter Fonseca should resign his seat in the Ontario legislature now that he’s been appointed as a Liberal candidate in the next federal election, the opposition parties said yesterday.

Former provincial labour minister Peter Fonseca should resign his seat in the Ontario legislature now that he’s been appointed as a Liberal candidate in the next federal election, the opposition parties said yesterday.

Federal Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff on Monday appointed Fonseca as a candidate in the Mississauga East-Cooksville riding that he still represents provincially, eliminating the need for Fonseca to win a local nomination meeting.

The Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats said Fonseca should quit the legislature now, instead of waiting for an election, so he can focus his attention on becoming a Member of Parliament.

NDP critic Peter Kormos said Fonseca has “no business running as a federal MP while he’s collecting an MPP’s salary.

“He’s got to resign.”

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