B.C. cabinet minister Melanie Mark resigns and takes medical leave

Cabinet minister resigns

British Columbia cabinet minister Melanie Mark has resigned her portfolio to go on medical leave.

A statement from Premier John Horgan says Mark advised him Wednesday that she would be taking leave to focus on pressing and urgent personal matters.

Mark was the minister for tourism, arts, culture and sport.

She will continue to represent the riding of Vancouver-Mount Pleasant in the legislature.

Horgan's statement says Lisa Beare, the minister of citizens' services, will assume responsibility for Mark's ministry, in addition to her current portfolio.

Mark is the first First Nations woman elected to B.C.'s legislative assembly, and the first to serve as a cabinet minister.

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