Ford Government Shuffle: What You Need to Know

Published on
June 20, 2019

In a sweeping cabinet shuffle, the scope of which far exceeded anything that most observers expected, Premier Doug Ford unveiled his new front bench today. In what is being described as a "reset" of the Ontario government, Premier Ford has elevated some of his best communicators to more prominent roles.

This cabinet is much larger than the initial cabinet appointed by Ford in June 2018. It is a cabinet of 28 instead of 21. This cabinet includes five associate ministers and a separate, dedicated Government House Leader. Six of the new members of cabinet were promoted from their previous parliamentary assistants roles. Only Premier Ford and Ministers Bethlenfalvy, Clark, Cho, Hardeman, Jones, Rickford and Yakabuski kept their previous portfolios.

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