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Premier Doug Ford shuffles cabinet as legislature rises for summer

Written by on June 6, 2024

TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford is shaking up his education and energy portfolios in a cabinet shuffle as the legislature heads into its summer break.

Stephen Lecce moves from education, where he has served as minister since 2019, to energy, swapping portfolios with Todd Smith, who has been the minister of energy for the past three years.

Several new people have been promoted into cabinet, with new associate minister positions being created and some other ministries such as Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs being split into two.

It brings the size of cabinet to 36 people.

One of the new faces in cabinet is Mike Harris, the son of the former premier, and he takes over the Red Tape Reduction portfolio.

The ministers of health, finance, municipal affairs and housing, and colleges and universities are among those who are staying put.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 6, 2024.

The Canadian Press