Queen's Park Monitor: January 12, 2017

Mini Cabinet Shuffle

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne made a few changes to her cabinet today, adding a permanent Corrections Minister as well as a few new roles to her executive council. Labour Minister Kevin Flynn was temporarily assigned the Corrections portfolio after David Orazietti’s sudden departure last month. Flynn will remain the Labour Minister while Marie France-Lalonde will take over as the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Lalonde will also remain the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs. Tracy MacCharles will be taking over Lalonde’s prior role as the Minister of Government and Consumer Services while retaining her existing role as the Minister Responsible for Accessibility.

Wynne also added to Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal’s portfolio by making him the Minister Responsible for Small Business, while making Associate Minister of Education Indira Naidoo-Harris also the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. Dipika Damerla will be given added responsibility of a standalone ministry as the Minister of Seniors Affairs having previously held the role of the Minister Responsible for Seniors.

New Roles:

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services – Hon. Marie France-Lalonde

Minister of Government and Consumer Services – Hon. Tracy MacCharles

Minister of Seniors Affairs – Hon. Dipika Damerla

Minister Responsible for Small Business – Hon. Jeff Leal

Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues – Hon. Indira Naidoo-Harris

If you are interested in arranging introductory meetings with the newly appointed ministers, please contact our team of consultants as we’d be happy to set that up.