March 22, 2023

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Doug Ford handles the restructuring of the main cabinet

Doug Ford handles the restructuring of the main cabinet

The reshuffle will bring former finance minister Rod Phillips back to the cabinet.

Ajax member, who Resigned after traveling to the Caribbean In December, he will become long-term care minister.

Mr. Phillips posted holiday messages on Twitter where he was sitting near the fire pit, as if he had left Canada at home.

Minister Rod Phillips (Archive)

Photo: Canadian Press / Nathan Denet

He replaces Meryl Fullerton, who has faced criticism for managing the pandemic in nursing homes. It goes to the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.

The return of NDP deputy leader Rod Phillips to the cabinet comes as a bit of a surprise.

Sarah Singh recalls going on a vacation to Saint-Barthelemy when Ontarians had to stay at home and the elderly were dying in long-term care centers.

NDP Deputy Leader Sara Singh

NDP Deputy Leader Sara Singh

Photo: Radio-Canada / Dean Garrispy

Rumors of a cabinet reshuffle have been circulating in Queens Park for some time.

Because of the epidemic, it actually happened and not at the traditional swearing-in ceremony, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdswell said in a Twitter post.

In all, more than a dozen ministers are changing positions.

Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria will be appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Treasury.

Kinga Surma will be the Minister of Infrastructure.

Ross Romano gets the ministry of government and consumer services. Jill Dunlap replaced him in colleges and universities.

The Assembly de la Francophone de l’Ontario (AFO) is pleased with this appointment.

Its chairman, Carol Jolin, is believed to be Ms Dunlap The province has all the tools to make its mark in French language post secondary education.

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Jill Dunlop spoke at a press conference in Queens Park.

Jill Dunlap becomes Minister of Colleges and Universities.

Photo: Canadian Press / Steve Russell

In the north, Greg Rickford is in charge of Aboriginal affairs and is the Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry, a ministry with a special focus on the region’s economic development.

The power inherited from Todd Smith will become a separate ministry.

Several ministers who occupied key positions were in place. This is the case of Kristin Elliott (health), Peter Bethlenfalvi (finance), Stephen Leck (education), Sylvia Jones (solicitor general) and Doug Downey (attorney general).

Minister Caroline Mulroney is also in charge of francophone affairs and transportation.

Stephen Leck and Doug Downey chat in the hall in Queens Park.

Leading ministers who will continue in their positions are Stephen Leck and Doug Downey.

Photo: Canadian Press / Chris Young

Orleans Liberal MP Stephen Blaise believes the retention of some important ministers is a testament to Dougford’s leadership.

By leaving Christine Elliott and Stephen Lex to their ministries, Ford, like himself, will reward those who have shown the worst incompetence in the West in the fight against COVID-19., He said in a statement.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott at a press conference.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott

Photo: Canadian Press / Tijana Martin

Today’s cabinet shuffle more about Doug Ford’s re-election than helping the Antarians get out of the pandemic, Believes the Green Party leader.

In a statement, Mike Schreiner is particularly concerned about hiring Rod Phillips for long-term care and Merrill Fullerton for childcare.