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LCBO chair stepping down

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TORONTO—Ontario's Progressive Conservative government says the chair of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario will step down at the end of the month after less than a year in the job.

In a news release issued Friday evening, Finance minister Vic Fedeli said Ed Clark will resign his post at the Crown corporation on Aug. 30.

Clark took on the job in January under the previous Liberal government, earning a symbolic salary of $1 per year.

The corporation, in charge of the sale of alcoholic beverages across the province, also had been tasked under the previous government with the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana once it becomes legalized in October.

But those plans were plunged into uncertainty amid published reports the province would allow private sector sales of the recreational drug.

Premier Doug Ford has not confirmed or denied the reports, saying only that an announcement would come later.

Clark, a former TD Bank CEO, had served as former premier Kathleen Wynne's business adviser starting in 2015 and also worked on the province's bid to land the new Amazon headquarters.

“Mr. Clark has demonstrated true leadership and a dedication to public service,” Fedeli said in the statement.

“Our government has appreciated the advice and support he has provided over the last few weeks on a number of files,” he noted.

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