January 17, 2018


Premier Kathleen Wynne could hardly go into a crucial pre-election period with three retiring MPPs in her starting line-up, and today she announced a cabinet shuffle to boost the profiles of those who will be on her team for Campaign ‘18.  Shuffles have been rare throughout Wynne’s time as Premier, but with three senior ministers – Deb Matthews, Liz Sandals and Brad Duguid – not seeking re-election, she needed to re-jig her front benches.

Indira Naidoo-Harris (now Minister of Education), Kathleen McGarry (Transportation Minister) and Eleanor McMahon (Treasury Board President, responsible for Digital Government) have all been in cabinet for a couple of years but move up in the seniority ranks, while three former backbenchers – Natalie Des Rosiers (Natural Resources and Forestry), Daiene Vernile (Tourism, Culture and Sport) and Harinder Malhi (Status of Women) – will now sit as ministers of the Crown. Mitzie Hunter goes from Education to Advanced Education and Skills Development – a lateral move to another senior position, given the Liberals’ focus on free tuition and other post-secondary issues.

Notably, all seven of the above are women, with Steven Del Duca (shifting from Transportation to Economic Development) the lone male involved in today’s moves.

As for the other men on the Executive Council, Wynne is evidently satisfied with most of them where they are. Assuming this is the last shuffle before next June’s election, no fewer than 10 cabinet ministers will have held the same posts throughout this mandate, with three going back even further than that to when Wynne was elected leader in 2013.

Jeff Leal (Rural Affairs), Bob Chiarelli (Energy), Eric Hoskins (Health and Long-Term Care), David Zimmer (Aboriginal Affairs, which morphed into Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation), Michael Chan (International Relations), Kevin Flynn (Labour) and Helena Jaczek (Community and Social Services, who added Cabinet Chair to her duties this week and is the only woman on this list), have been in their current roles since the 2014 election. Charles Sousa (Finance), Michael Gravelle (Northern Development and Mines) and Reza Moridi (Research, Innovation and Science) are coming up on the fifth anniversary of taking on their respective portfolios, having been appointed in February 2013.

Updated wall charts listing MPP responsibilities and key government contacts are now available.  Click here to download:

MPP Chart 

Government Contact Chart


  • Premier – Kathleen Wynne
  • Advanced Education and Skills Development – Mitzie Hunter
  • Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (+ Small Business) – Jeff Leal
  • Attorney General – Yasir Naqvi
  • Children and Youth Services (+Anti-Racism) – Michael Coteau
  • Citizenship and Immigration – Laura Albanese
  • Community and Social Services – Helena Jaczek
  • Community Safety and Correctional Services – Marie-France Lalonde
  • Economic Development and Growth – Steven Del Duca
  • Education (+ Early Years and Child Care) – Indira Naidoo-Harris
  • Energy – Bob Chiarelli
  • Environment and Climate Change – Chris Ballard
  • Finance – Charles Sousa
  • Francophone Affairs – Marie-France Lalonde
  • Government and Consumer Services (+ Accessibility) – Tracy MacCharles
  • Health and Long-Term Care – Eric Hoskins
  • Housing (+ Poverty Reduction Strategy) – Peter Milczyn
  • Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation – David Zimmer
  • Infrastructure – Bob Chiarelli
  • Intergovernmental Affairs – Kathleen Wynne
  • International Trade – Michael Chan
  • Labour – Kevin Flynn
  • Municipal Affairs – Bill Mauro
  • Natural Resources and Forestry – Natalie Des Rosiers
  • Northern Development and Mines – Michael Gravelle
  • Research, Innovation and Science – Reza Moridi
  • Senior’s Affairs – Dipika Damerla
  • Status of Women – Harinder Malhi
  • Tourism, Culture and Sport – Daiene Vernile
  • Transportation – Kathryn McGarry
  • Treasury Board (+ Digital Government) – Eleanor McMahon

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