Ontario: Doug Ford and Cabinet Sworn-in

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By A Correspondent

Doug Ford joined thousands of people on the front steps of Ontario's legislature as Ontario's first ever Government for the People was sworn in.

"I will never forget why I'm here: to work for the people of Ontario," said Ford. "I promised the people that I would help make our great province the best place in North America when it comes to business, creating jobs and raising a family. And I am going to keep my promise."

As the Premier-Designate, Ford met with The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to present his recommendations for appointments to Ontario's Executive Council. 

The new Government for the People was sworn-in and affirmed in a public ceremony on the front steps of the Legislative Building at Queen's Park. 

Doug Ford declared a new era officially underway in Ontario  as he assumed the reins of the province and unveiled the leaner cabinet tasked with executing his widely touted agenda of fiscal responsibility.

Ford, who cruised to victory earlier this month in an election that reduced the governing Liberals to a party without official status, made good on a promise to trim the size of the provincial cabinet.

Ford named 20 ministers to cabinet posts, reserving some plum positions for the two women who challenged him for leadership of the party earlier this year. Under former premier Kathleen Wynne, cabinet had as many as 30 members.

The new ministers are as follows:

  • Peter Bethlenfalvy - President of the Treasury Board
  • Raymond Cho - Minister for Seniors and Accessibility
  • Steve Clark - Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Christine Elliott - Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Deputy Premier
  • Victor Fedeli - Minister of Finance and Chair of Cabinet
  • Doug Ford - Premier and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Merrilee Fullerton - Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
  • Ernie Hardeman - Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Sylvia Jones - Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
  • Lisa MacLeod - Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues
  • Monte McNaughton - Minister of Infrastructure
  • Caroline Mulroney - Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs
  • Rod Phillips - Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
  • Greg Rickford - Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs
  • Laurie Scott - Minister of Labour
  • Todd Smith - Minister of Government and Consumer Services, and Government House Leader
  • Lisa Thompson - Minister of Education
  • Michael Tibollo - Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
  • Jim Wilson - Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
  • John Yakabuski - Minister of Transportation
  • Jeff Yurek - Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

"We have an all-star team that's ready right now to give the people of Ontario the kind of leadership and direction they deserve," said Ford. "For too long, the people of Ontario have worked more and paid more, but gotten less. Those days are over. Help is here."

JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12










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