Two local MPPs given new roles with the Ford government

Ontario cabinet, June 20, 2019 (photo submitted)

A big change for two local cabinet ministers, as Ontario Premier Doug Ford shuffled his cabinet Thursday amid slumping poll numbers.

Education Minister Lisa Thompson, the MPP for Huron-Bruce,  is being moved to Government and Consumer Services.  Bruce-Grey Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker shifts from that portfolio to Associate Minister of Energy.

The new Education Minister is backbencher Stephen Lecce.

Finance Minister Vic Fedeli is being replaced by Environment Minister Rod Phillips, who played a major role in the cancellation of the province’s cap-and-trade program.

Lisa MacLeod, who angered parents over her handling of the autism file is out as Minister of Children, Community and Social Services.

The new Ontario cabinet as of June 20, 2019 is as follows:
Premier and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs – Doug Ford
Deputy Premier and Minister of Health – Christine Elliott
Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions – Michael Tibollo
Minister of Long-Term Care – Merrilee Fullerton
Minister of Finance – Rod Phillips
Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and Chair of Cabinet – Vic Fedeli
Associate Minister of Small Businesses and Red Tape Reduction – Prabmeet Sarkaria
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing – Steve Clark
Solicitor General – Sylvia Jones
Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks – Jeff Yurek
Minister of Children, Community and Social Services – Todd Smith
Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues – Jill Dunlop
Minister of Labour – Monte McNaughton
Attorney General – Doug Downey
Minister of Transportation and Minister of Francophone Affairs – Caroline Mulroney
Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA) – Kinga Surma
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities – Ross Romano
Minister of Education – Stephen Lecce
President of the Treasury Board – Peter Bethlenfalvy
Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry – John Yakabuski
Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs – Greg Rickford
Associate Minister of Energy – Bill Walker
Minister for Seniors and Accessibility – Raymond Cho
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs – Ernie Hardeman
Minister of Infrastructure – Laurie Scott
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport – Lisa MacLeod
Minister of Government and Consumer Services – Lisa Thompson
Government House Leader – Paul Calandra