Starting with the Cabinet, there were several key changes that will significantly affect the makeup of Doug Ford’s executive council. Sylvia Jones became the new Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Michael Kerzner was tapped to take her previous role as Solicitor General.
Kaleed Rasheed was picked to lead the new Ministry of Public and Business Service Delivery, which replaces the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. The new ministry will add the Ontario Digital Service under its umbrella, shed Supply Ontario to Treasury Board, and the management of the government’s real estate portfolio will now belong to the Ministry of Infrastructure.
Prabmeet Sarkaria is staying on as President of the Treasury Board, but his role will be expanding, as Supply Ontario and Emergency Management will now report into his Ministry.
The Ministries of Northern Development and Indigenous Affairs will continue under Greg Rickford with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry being led by Graydon Smith. George Pirie will become the new Minister of Mines in a newly created role.
Parm Gill has taken over the Red Tape file as the new Minister of Red Tape, and this includes a new Ministry being created to support his mandate.
Neil Lumsden will be the new Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, giving Hamilton its first Minister under the Ford Government.