Dr. Nathan Stall resigns from the Ontario Science Advisory Table on COVID-19
TORONTO – Dr Nathan Stall has resigned from the Ontario science advisory table, CTVNews has learned, as he seeks the Ontario Liberal Party nomination in the riding of Toronto-St Paul’s ahead of the election from 2022.
Stall, who is expected to make the news public this afternoon, resigned to avoid the perception of a conflict of interest, according to a source with direct knowledge of the decision.
Stall’s impending Liberal nomination has sparked questions about a potential conflict, after he said he would remain a member of the science panel that provides crucial advice and modeling on COVID-19 to the Ford government influencing decisions.
Liberal leader Steven Del Duca on Thursday called conflict of interest issues “conspiracy theories” and defended Stall’s decision to remain a member of the science advisory table.
“I understand Nathan spoke directly with the leadership of the science table, they’re pretty comfortable with the idea that he continues to give his advice as a volunteer,” Del Duca told CTV News Thursday.
“If the management of this table wants to continue to seek his advice as a volunteer, he has the respect of his colleagues.
The source said the science advisory table accepted Stall’s resignation.