Ford Unveils New Ontario Cabinet
The Big Picture at Queen’s Park
Ontario Premier Doug Ford unveiled his highly anticipated Executive Council this morning on the front steps of Queen’s Park, just as he did four years ago. The freshly re-elected PC Premier had a lot to choose from when making up his new Cabinet, as Ontarians sent 83 PCs to Queen’s Park in an even larger majority than Ford won in 2018. While some had been speculating that we’d see substantial turnover with the new crop of MPPs at the Legislature, Ford mostly kept to those trusted voices that helped guide him through the pandemic and to re-election. That said, there were few notable changes and really only one significant vacancy to fill that has been on everyone's minds - replacing Ford’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott. The rumours of Sylvia Jones, who previously served as Solicitor General, replacing Elliott turned out to be correct. Ford has tapped Jones to serve as the next Minister of Health as well as replacing Elliott as Ontario’s Deputy Premier.
The creation of a new Associate Minister of Housing demonstrates the substantial nature of the election commitment to build 1.5 million new houses, and the renaming to the former Ministry of Government and Consumer Services to Public and Business Service Delivery demonstrates the government's commitment to customer service and the election theme of “getting it done.”. Additionally the former position of Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction has now been elevated to a full ministry. In the previous mandate that office spearheaded several pieces of omnibus legislation which will likely continue for the next administration..
Rookie MPPs Charmaine Williams (Brampton Centre), Michael Ford (York South-Weston), Graydon Smith (Parry Sound-Muskoka), George Pirie (Timmins), Neil Lumsden (Hamilton East-Stoney Creek), and Michael Kerzner (York Centre) have been named to cabinet. With the exception of Kerzner and Lumsden, the others have previously held elected office at the municipal level. MPP Michael Parsa (Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill) has also been elevated to the cabinet for his second term.
MPPs Lisa MacLeod, the controversial Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Ross Romano, previously the Minister of Government and Consumer Services, and Nina Tangri, who previously served as the Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction, have not been reappointed to cabinet. Tangri will be seeking the Speaker's chair and Romano has been named the Government Whip.
Who’s Staying Put
Hon. Doug Ford - Premier - Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs - MPP, Etobicoke North
Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy - Minister of Finance - MPP, Pickering–Uxbridge
Hon. Caroline Mulroney - Minister of Transportation - Minister of Francophone Affairs - MPP, York–Simcoe
Hon. Stephen Lecce - Minister of Education - MPP, King-Vaughan
Hon. Raymond Cho - Minister of Seniors and Accessibility - MPP, Scarborough North
Hon. Steve Clark - Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing - MPP, Leeds–Grenville–Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes
Hon. Stan Cho - Associate Minister of Transportation - MPP, Willowdale
Hon, Doug Downey - Attorney General - MPP, Barrie–Springwater–Oro-Medonte
Hon. Jill Dunlop - Minister of Colleges and Universities - MPP, Simcoe North
Hon. Victor Fedeli - Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade - MPP, North Bay
Hon. Merrillee Fullerton - Minister of Children, Community and Social Service - MPP, Kanata–Carleton
Hon. Monte McNaughton - Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development - MPP, Lambton–Kent–Middlesex
Hon. David Piccini - Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks - MPP, Northumberland–Peterborough
Hon. Greg Rickford - Minister of Northern Development and Indigenous Affairs - MPP, Kenora–Rainy River
Hon. Prabmeet Sarkaria - President of the Treasury Board - MPP, Brampton South
Hon. Todd Smith - Minister of Energy - MPP, Bay of Quinte
Hon. Kinga Surma - Minister of Infrastructure - MPP, Etobicoke Centre
Hon. Lisa Thompson - Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs - MPP, Huron–Bruce
Hon. Michael Tibollo - Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addiction - MPP, Vaughan–Woodbridge
Hon. Paul Calandra - Minister of Long Term Care - Minister of Legislative Affairs and Government House Leader - MPP, Markham–Stouffville
Hon. Charmaine Williams - Minister of Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity - MPP, Brampton Centre
Hon. Michael Ford - Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism - MPP, York South–Weston
Hon. Michael Kerzner - Solicitor General - MPP, York Centre
Hon. Graydon Smith - Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry - MPP, Parry Sound–Muskoka
Hon. Neil Lumsden - Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport - MPP, Hamilton East–Stoney Creek
Hon. George Pirie - Minister of Mines - MPP, Timmins
Hon. Michael Parsa - Associate Minister of Housing - MPP, Aurora–Oak Ridges–Richmond Hill
Who’s Moving Roles
Hon. Kaleed Rasheed - Moves from Associate Minister of Digital Government to Minister of Public and Business Service Delivery (formerly styled Minister of Government and Consumer Services)
Hon. Sylvia Jones - Moves from Solicitor General to Minister of Health and Deputy Premier - MPP, Dufferin–Caledon
Hon. Parm Gill - Moves from Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism to Minister of Red Tape Reduction - MPP, Milton
Lisa MacLeod - Former Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries - MPP, Nepean
Ross Romano - Former Minister of Government and Consumer Services - MPP, Sault Ste. Marie
Nina Tangri - Former Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction - MPP, Mississauga–Streetsville
With the swearing in of a cabinet and all new MPPs the next major milestone for the re-elected government will be a Speech from the Throne followed by the introduction and passage of a budget. It is widely expected that the legislature will recess following the budget.
New Ministers will need time to be briefed on their files and staffing changes are likely at the beginning of this new term. Please reach out to Upstream to book a call to discuss your government relations efforts and how this new cabinet might impact your lobbying efforts.