Saskatchewan cabinet minister Tim McMillan resigns to lead oil lobby group

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Tim McMillan was all smiles earlier this year as he headed to his cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Government House. He’s now left cabinet to work for an oil industry lobby group. (Stefani Langenegger/CBC)

Saskatchewan cabinet minister Tim McMillan is quitting cabinet and resigning his seat to work for Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

The government made the surprise announcement Thursday morning.

McMillan, the minster for rural and remote health minister, has been the MLA for Lloydminster since 2007.

He becomes president of the petroleum producers group on Oct. 1.

In a government news release, McMillan said he would follow all of the provisions of the new Saskatchewan Lobbyists Act which requires that a former minister cannot lobby the provincial government for one year after leaving cabinet.

His departure will trigger a byelection, the province said. For the time being, Health Minister Dustin Duncan will handle McMillan’s portfolio duties.

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