Premier Wynne makes a strategic cabinet shuffle

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In a move designed to fill vacancies left by retiring ministers and to help win the next election, Premier Kathleen Wynne has brought in fresh faces, among them is Harinder Malhi (Brampton-Springdale), Nathalie Des Rosiers (Ottawa-Vanier), and Daiene Vernile (Kitchener-Centre).

Meanwhile Indira Naidoo-Harris (Halton) has got a promotion and is now education minister as well as continuing as minister for early years and child care.

Steven Del Duca (Vaughan) transfers from transportation to Duguid’s former post at economic development and growth.

Eleanor McMahon (Burlington) succeeds Sandals as president of the treasury board after serving as minister of tourism, culture and sport.

Kathryn McGarry (Cambridge), who was minister of natural resources, moves to transportation.

Mitzie Hunter has moved on from education minister to become minister of advanced education and skills development.

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Des Rosiers replaces McGarry as minister of natural resources and forestry.

Vernile, a former broadcast journalist from CKCO in Kitchener-Waterloo first elected in 2014, succeeds McMahon as minister of tourism, culture and sport.

Harinder Malhi, has become minister of the status of women, which had been part of Naidoo-Harris’s duties.

There are 13 women, including the premier, and 16 men in the executive council and who knows by the next elections women may be in a majority. – CINEWS

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