The former minister who ran the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s flagship television station and its largest online service has resigned, citing an inability to deal with the fallout of the scandal.
Brian May resigned as minister of communications, arts and culture on Monday.
He has not been named publicly by the minister in charge of the broadcaster, but his resignation was confirmed by the ministry’s director of communications.
In a statement, the minister said he accepted May’s decision to resign.
“I accept his decision to leave his role as minister, and I wish him well in the future,” said the statement.
The CBC is facing a $1-billion fine from the federal government for breaching the charitable tax rules, which require the corporation to disclose donations it makes to its charitable foundation, but exempts it from disclosure on its website.
May’s departure comes just two days after the CBC’s flagship website went offline.
He said the website was down because of the “fear of a government investigation.”
The CBC has been hit by numerous legal complaints since the scandal broke.
In April, a federal judge ruled that the corporation could not be compelled to reveal the names of donors because the rules allow for disclosure of “information to protect the privacy of individuals or the security of property.”
The judge, Michael Callaghan, wrote in his ruling that the CBC could not compel the broadcaster to disclose donors because it could face criminal prosecution for failing to do so.
On Monday, Callaghan also ruled that CBC could disclose the names and addresses of any individual who gave $500,000 or more in donations between 2006 and 2013.
May, a former Conservative MP, has faced several allegations over his role in running the CBC.
He was the first minister in the current Conservative government to be implicated in the scandal and served as a cabinet minister from 2006 to 2011.
The allegations against him included alleged financial mismanagement and an alleged conflict of interest.