Aboriginal Affairs minister John Duncan has tendered his resignation today and Prime Minister Stephen Harper accepted it.
From a release issued by Stephen Harper after 4 p.m. Friday:
“Today, I have accepted the resignation of John Duncan as minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development,” said Harper.
Duncan will continue to serve as the member of parliament for Vancouver Island North in the House of Commons.
A short time later later John Duncan issued his own.
“In June of 2011 I wrote a character reference letter to the Tax Court of Canada on behalf of an individual to whom my constituency staff was providing casework assistance on a Canada Revenue Agency matter,” the first line in his statement said attributed to Duncan.
Duncan goes on to say the letter was written with honourable intentions but he realizes it wasn’t appropriate, as a minister of the Crown, to write the Tax Court for someone he knew.
“I take full responsibility for my actions and the consequences they have brought,” he said.
Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore will also carry the portfolio as acting Aboriginal Affairs minister until Harper names a replacement.