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Premier Doug Ford at Heddle Shipyards
Premier Doug Ford at Heddle Shipyards

Premier Doug Ford Unveils Renewed Team to Rebuild Ontario’s Economy

TORONTO, ON – Premier Doug Ford has unveiled his renewed team dedicated to rebuilding Ontario’s economy and delivering on key government commitments. This includes major infrastructure projects like Highway 413 and the Bradford Bypass, fighting the carbon tax to keep costs down, and training more people for rewarding careers in the skilled trades.

“As our province and economy continue to grow, this is the team that is working side-by-side with workers, businesses, labour partners, Indigenous leaders, and every member of Team Ontario to rebuild our economy,” said Premier Ford. “We’re at an important moment in our province’s history with clear choices. Our team is choosing growth and prosperity. We’re choosing lower taxes and better jobs with bigger paycheques. Let’s get it done!”

Focus on Core Commitments and Economic Growth

Ford emphasized the importance of infrastructure development and job creation as central pillars of his administration’s strategy. The construction of Highway 413 and the Bradford Bypass are seen as critical projects to improve transportation and stimulate economic growth. Additionally, the government remains committed to combating the carbon tax to alleviate financial pressures on businesses and families.

New Cabinet Appointments and Roles

The newly appointed cabinet reflects Ford’s commitment to a diverse and experienced team ready to tackle Ontario’s challenges. Key appointments include:

  • Premier Doug Ford: Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Sylvia Jones: Deputy Premier and Minister of Health
  • Peter Bethlenfalvy: Minister of Finance
  • Paul Calandra: Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Raymond Cho: Minister of Seniors and Accessibility
  • Stan Cho: Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Gaming (with responsibility for OLG)
  • Doug Downey: Attorney General
  • Jill Dunlop: Minister of Colleges and Universities
  • Vic Fedeli: Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade
  • Rob Flack: Minister of Farming, Agriculture, and Agribusiness
  • Michael Ford: Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism
  • Mike Harris: Minister of Red Tape Reduction
  • Michael Kerzner: Solicitor General
  • Andrea Khanjin: Minister of Environment, Conservation, and Parks
  • Natalia Kusendova-Bashta: Minister of Long-Term Care
  • Stephen Lecce: Minister of Energy and Electrification
  • Neil Lumsden: Minister of Sport
  • Todd McCarthy: Minister of Public and Business Service Delivery and Procurement (with responsibility for Supply Ontario)
  • Caroline Mulroney: President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Francophone Affairs
  • Michael Parsa: Minister of Children, Community, and Social Services
  • David Piccini: Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training, and Skills Development
  • George Pirie: Minister of Mines
  • Greg Rickford: Minister of Indigenous Affairs and First Nations Economic Reconciliation, Minister of Northern Development
  • Prabmeet Sarkaria: Minister of Transportation
  • Todd Smith: Minister of Education
  • Graydon Smith: Minister of Natural Resources
  • Kinga Surma: Minister of Infrastructure
  • Lisa Thompson: Minister of Rural Affairs

Strategic Priorities for Ontario’s Future

The renewed team is tasked with driving Ford’s vision for Ontario, focusing on lowering taxes, creating better jobs with bigger paycheques, and fostering an environment conducive to growth and prosperity. Each minister is positioned to leverage their expertise and collaborate across sectors to ensure the government’s objectives are met.

Additionally, Ford has appointed several associate ministers to support key ministries, enhancing the government’s capacity to address specific needs:

  • Stephen Crawford: Associate Minister of Mines
  • Trevor Jones: Associate Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Sam Oosterhoff: Associate Minister of Energy-Intensive Industries
  • Nolan Quinn: Associate Minister of Forestry
  • Nina Tangri: Associate Minister of Small Business
  • Vijay Thanigasalam: Associate Minister of Housing
  • Michael Tibollo: Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions
  • Charmaine Williams: Associate Minister of Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity

Outside of the cabinet, Steve Clark has been appointed Government House Leader, further solidifying the leadership structure.

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