It was all smiles at Queen’s Park as Doug Ford and his 21-member cabinet were sworn in to serve Ontario.
The former Toronto city councillor becomes the 26th person to hold the title and the first Progressive Conservative to do so since former premier Ernie Eves in 2003.
The Tories marched to a majority victory earlier this month with a promise to reduce taxes and eliminate wasteful spending without firing any public sector workers.
“Together we will blaze a new trail,” Ford said Friday in Toronto. “Together we will be the envy of the world because as a people, as a province, our potential is limitless.”
Ford was sworn in as premier and minister of intergovernmental affairs, alongside members of his new cabinet, which features 14 men and seven women. The older brother of late former Toronto mayor Rob Ford vowed to lead a province for all Ontarians while working with other parties in the legislature.
Political veteran Christine Elliott, a runner-up to Ford in the PC leadership race and the wife of late federal finance minister Jim Flaherty, was named deputy premier and the minister of health and longterm care. Rookie MPP Caroline Mulroney, the early favourite to replace Patrick Brown as PC party leader earlier this year, has been chosen to serve as attorney general and the minister responsible for francophone affairs.
Vic Fedeli will take over the books as finance minister. Jim Wilson becomes minister of economic development, job creation and trade. Ernie Hardemean was chosen to serve as minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs. John Yakabuski was selected as the next transportation minister. Laurie Scott is the new minister of labour. Lisa MacLeod will be the minister of children, community and social services, as well as the minister responsible for women’s issues.
Todd Smith is serving as the minister of government and consumer services, as well as government house leader. Rod Phillips will take over the environment ministry. Monte McNaughton is the new infrastructure minister. Raymond Cho will lead the ministry of seniors and accessibility. Jeff Yurek was chosen to be the natural resources and forestry minister. Steve Clark now heads the ministry of municipal affairs and housing. Peter Bethlenfalvy was chosen to be the province’s Treasury Board president.
Greg Rickford is the new minister of energy, northern development and mines, as well as minister of Indigenous affairs. Sylvia Jones was tabbed to lead the ministry of tourism, culture and sport. Michael Tibollo will head up the ministry of community safety and correctional services. Merrilee Fullerton will serve as the minister of training, colleges and universities.
With files from The Canadian Press