Ford Cabinet shuffle sees change for local MPP

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker is excited about the opportunity to serve as the new Associate Minister of Energy in Premier Doug Ford’s cabinet.

The Premier announced his new cabinet on June 20th. The changes ensure that the Government of Ontario will effectively continue with its agenda of creating good jobs, supporting small businesses, putting more money in people’s pockets and restoring trust and accountability in government, while also protecting what matters most through sound investments in health care and education.

MPP Walker will stay in cabinet, but will move from Government and Consumer Services to Energy, which is responsible for ensuring a safe, reliable and affordable energy supply across Ontario.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to serve as Associate Minister of Energy,” said Walker. “Bruce Power is one of the key partners in our province’s energy sector and it’s right in our backyard here in Bruce and Grey. Energy is a very important portfolio and I look forward to getting to work together with the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford so we can deliver a modern, transparent and accountable electricity system that works for the people and businesses of Ontario.”

Walker has served as PC Caucus Nuclear Chair for a number of years and prior to being elected MPP, he worked as Operations Manager at Bruce Power.

After a fast-paced first year in government that saw 20 pieces of legislation passed in 117 days, through four sittings of the Legislature, 85 per cent of the total commitments the government made to the people of Ontario have been completed or put into action. The Premier and his new cabinet will continue to draw on the team skills of the 73-member caucus in order to effectively serve the people of Ontario.

 The new cabinet is as follows:

  •  Premier and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs – Doug Ford
  •  Deputy Premier and Minister of Health – Christine Elliott
  •  Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions – Michael Tibollo
  •  Minister of Long-Term Care – Merrilee Fullerton
  •  Minister of Finance – Rod Phillips
  •  Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and Chair of Cabinet – Vic Fedeli
  •  Associate Minister of Small Businesses and Red Tape Reduction – Prabmeet Sarkaria
  •  Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing – Steve Clark
  •  Solicitor General – Sylvia Jones
  •  Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks – Jeff Yurek
  •  Minister of Children, Community and Social Services – Todd Smith  
  •  Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues – Jill Dunlop
  •  Minister of Labour – Monte McNaughton
  •  Attorney General – Doug Downey
  •  Minister of Transportation and Minister of Francophone Affairs – Caroline Mulroney
  •  Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA) – Kinga Surma
  •  Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities – Ross Romano
  •  Minister of Education – Stephen Lecce
  •  President of the Treasury Board – Peter Bethlenfalvy
  •  Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry – John Yakabuski
  •  Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous   Affairs – Greg Rickford
  •  Associate Minister of Energy – Bill Walker
  •  Minister for Seniors and Accessibility – Raymond Cho
  •  Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs – Ernie Hardeman
  •  Minister of Infrastructure – Laurie Scott
  •  Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport – Lisa MacLeod
  •  Minister of Government and Consumer Services – Lisa Thompson
  •  Government House Leader – Paul Calandra