For the second time since being elected over a year ago, Ontario's Premier Doug Ford has announced a cabinet shuffle. The cabinet is made up of 21 different ministers, including the premier, who handle profiles like health care, education, and finance.
News of the shuffle was first announced on Wednesday, June 19 after rumours about the changeup were circulating for a couple of weeks. Among these rumours was speculation that it would be a major shuffle, with over half of the current ministers moving around. However, all of these were just rumours until a swearing-in ceremony involving Ontario's Lieutenant Governor at Queen's Park on Thursday morning.
Now, following that official swearing-in ceremony Ontario is officially facing a brand new cabinet and the speculation has been confirmed, this change was big. On top of shuffling current ministers, the government has also divided up some existing portfolios and added new ministers.
Here's the new provincial cabinet, in no particular order:
- Minister of Health/Deputy Premier: Christine Elliot
- Minister of Finance: Rod Phillips (previously Environment)
- Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade: Vic Fedeli (previously Finance)
- Minister of Environment, Conservation, and Parks: Jeff Yurek (previously transportation)
- Minister of Government and Consumer Services: Lisa Thompson (previously Education)
- Minister of Children and Social Services Minister: Todd Smith (previously house leader)
- Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport: Lisa MacLeod (previously Children and Social services)
- Minister of Education: Stephen Lecce
- Minister of Transportation/Minister of Francophone Affairs: Christine Mulroney (previously Attorney General)
- Attorney General: Doug Downey
- Government House Leader: Paul Calandra
- President of the Treasury Board: Peter Bethlenfalvy
- Minister for Energy, Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development and Mines: Greg Rickford
- Minister of Labour: Monte McNaughton (previously Infrastructure)
- Minister of Long-term Care: Merilee Fullerton (previously Universities and colleges)
- Minister of Infrastructure: Laurie Scott (previously Labour)
- Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs: Ernie Hardman
- Minister of Seniors and Accessibility: Raymond Cho
- Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry: John Yakabuski
- Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities: Ross Romano
- Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions: Michael Tibollo
- Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction: Prabmeet Sakaria
- Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues: Jill Dunlop
- Associate Minister of Transportation: Kinga Surma
- Associate Minister of Energy: Bill Walker
One of the biggest shuffles coming out of today was involving the Ministry of Finance. While the post was previously held by Vic Fedeli, the new minister for this position is Rod Phillips, who previously held the Environment portfolio.
Ahead of the official shuffle on Thursday, analysts suggested that shuffling Vic Fedeli only weeks after the Ontario budget was announced on April 11, may indicate that Doug Ford is not confident in the budget that was presented and the direction they are going in. However, none of this has been confirmed by Doug Ford.
This is the first big, planned shuffle for the Ontario government. The previous cabinet shuffle came in November 2018, when Jim Wilson resigned over sexual misconduct allegations. Previously he was the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.