Ottawa, Ontario - May 31, 2016

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement today on changes to the Ministry:

“Effective immediately, the Honourable Hunter Tootoo has resigned from his position as Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

“He will also be leaving the Liberal caucus.

“Mr. Tootoo will be taking time to seek treatment for addiction issues.

“The Honorable Dominic LeBlanc will be assuming the role of Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard later this evening, in addition to being Government House Leader.”