In a ceremony at Queen’s Park today, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne made her first cabinet shuffle since forming a majority parliament two years ago (June 12, 2014).
The new cabinet welcomes seven new faces and introduces more women to Wynne’s inner-circle, with a cabinet now made up of 40 per cent women.
Several high-profile politicians will be changing their executive roles. Yasir Naqvi will take on the role of Attorney General. While Liz Sandals moves from Education to the Treasury Board. Bob Chiarelli will become the Minister of Infrastructure, moving on from the Energy file.
Other ministers, including Glen Murray (Environment & Climate Change), Eric Hoskins (Health & Long-Term Care), and Charles Sousa (Finance) will remain in their roles.
Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment & Climate Change; Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health & Long-Term Care; and Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance
Brad Duguid also remains a member of cabinet. Dropping infrastructure from his title, Duguid is now the Minister of Economic Development & Growth.
Highlights of the cabinet shuffle include:
- Mitzie Hunter becomes Minister of Education
- Deb Matthews remains Deputy Premier and also gets the new title of Minister Responsible for Digital Government
- Indira Naidoo-Harris becomes Associate Minister of Finance responsible for the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan
- Glenn Thibeault, a former NDP MP, becomes Minster of Energy
- Laura Albanese becomes Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Hon. Jim Bradley, Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur, Seniors Affairs Minister Mario Sergio, and Municipal Affairs Minister Ted McMeekin, all stepped down last week, ahead of the announcement.
Here is the full list of Ontario cabinet ministers:
- Kathleen Wynne: Premier and President of the Council Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.
- Deborah Matthews: Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Cabinet Minister Responsible for Digital Government.
- Michael Gravelle: Minister of Northern Development and Mines.
- Brad Duguid: Minister of Economic Development and Growth.
- Jeff Leal: Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
- David Orazietti: Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
- Liz Sandals: President of the Treasury Board.
- David Zimmer: Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.
- Michael Chan: Minister of International Trade.
- Reza Moridi: Minister of Research, Innovation and Science.
- Yasir Naqvi: Attorney General, Government House Leader.
- Charles Sousa: Minister of Finance.
- Eric Hoskins: Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
- Glen Murray: Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.
- Bob Chiarelli: Minister of Infrastructure.
- Michael Coteau: Minister of Children and Youth Services, Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism.
- Tracy MacCharles: Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, Minister Responsible for Accessibility.
- Kevin Flynn: Minister of Labour.
- William Mauro: Minister of Municipal Affairs.
- Helena Jaczek: Minister of Community and Social Services.
- Dipika Damerla: Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs.
- Steven Del Duca: Minister of Transportation.
- Mitzie Hunter: Minister of Education.
- Laura Albanese: Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
- Christopher Ballard: Minister of Housing Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy
- Marie-France Lalonde: Minister of Government and Consumer Services, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs.
- Kathryn McGarry: Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.
- Eleanor McMahon: Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
- Indira Naidoo-Harris: Associate Minister of Finance (Ontario Retirement Pension Plan).
- Glenn Thibeault: Minister of Energy.
With fresh faces and perspectives in cabinet, OSPE welcomes the opportunity to discuss issues critical to Ontario’s continued growth and prosperity.