After four years, Callander's Trevor Holliday has resigned as leader of the Northern Ontario Party.
The man who says he "prefers to be out of the limelight," has yielded the leadership to Deputy Leader Shawn Poirier, someone Holliday says is "fluent in French and English."
"I would like to thank all my family and friends for a great 4 years," he tweeted. "I am not done with the NOP. Just know that the party we re-birthed needs a leader that can communicate in at least 2 of the Northern Ontario languages."
The party has also dropped its northern Ontario separation platform, opting now to become "a voice for the north."
"I am stepping down as leader of the party to ensure we continue to adjust and adapt to ensure that we have a leader that can communicate with the supporters, members, media and most importantly, Northerners in more than just English. Recently the party voted on having the party be both English and French and continue to adjust as we go."
Poirier, who is bilingual and a native of Kirkland Lake, will continue as leader until a leadership vote can be taken later this year.
Poirier ran as the Northern Ontario Party candidate for Timiskaming-Cochrane in last year's provincial election.