A member of the Ford cabinet has suddenly resigned.

Merrilee Fullerton, the Minister of Children, Community & Social Services, announced her resignation this afternoon after speaking with Premier Ford.

She is also stepping down as the MPP for the Ottawa area of Kanata-Carleton, a position she has held for the past five years.

Fullerton offers no explanation for why.

In a letter of resignation handed to the Premier, Fullerton says the resignations are immediate.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to serve Ontarians as a member of provincial parliament and cabinet minister over the past five years,” states Fullerton.