Premier Kathleen Wynne will be running for re-election next June 7 without two more cabinet ministers.
Deputy Premier Deb Matthews of London and Treasury Board President Liz Sandals, a former education minister, announced Friday they will leave elected office when the campaign begins.
Sandals, 69, said she made “the difficult decision to retire” after a summer of discussion with her husband and children. She has been in elected politics for 30 years, first as a school trustee and later as an MPP.
Sandals and Matthews follow Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid, who revealed last month he won’t run for re-election but expressed support for Wynne as the “best alternative.”
Wynne also lost environment minister Glen Murray during the summer, as he quit cabinet and his Toronto Centre seat to head the Pembina Institute.