Ontario Premier Doug Ford says former provincial health minister David Caplan has died.
In a tweet this morning, Ford offered condolences to the Liberal politician’s family and friends, and thanked him for his service to the province.
Caplan represented the Toronto riding of Don Valley East.
He was first elected in 1997 and served until 2011, when he and several other prominent Liberals chose not to run for re-election.
I’m sad to learn that David Caplan passed away. Too young. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. I’m grateful to David for his years of service to our province and his community. #Onpoli
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) July 25, 2019
He was forced out as health minister in 2009 over the eHealth scandal in which millions of dollars went to consultants with government ties, and over expense account abuses.
Many felt Caplan had been treated unfairly, particularly since most of the abuses at the agency took place under his predecessor.
He had also served as infrastructure minister.
His mother, Elinor Caplan, was also a veteran politician, both federally and at the provincial level — where she, too, served as health minister.