Former premier Ernie Eves has officially resigned as the provincial representative for the Orangeville area.
Eves turned in his letter of resignation Tuesday as the member for Dufferin-Peel-Wellington-Grey, clearing the way for new Conservative Leader John Tory to seek a seat.
Eves says it's a day of mixed emotions -- he's feeling sadness and regret at quitting a job he's loved for the past 24 years, but also a sense of relief.
Eves calls the decision to resign his seat "a pretty traumatic experience.''
He still hasn't made up his mind about another job, but has ruled out running for office again, provincially or federally.
After dropping off his resignation letter at the Speaker's office, Eves told reporters his two biggest challenges as premier were handling the SARS crisis and the huge blackout in 2003.