Prabmeet Sarkaria Becomes Transportation Minister, Nina Tangri Associate Minister of Small Business in Ontario Cabinet Reshuffle
Ontario Premier Doug Ford Reshuffles Cabinet Following Housing Minister's Resignation
Ontario Premier Doug Ford made significant changes to his cabinet on Monday, following the resignation of Housing Minister Steve Clark amid controversy. Replacing Steve Clark is Paul Calandra, who previously served as the long-term care minister. Calandra will continue to hold the position of Government House Leader, while Stan Cho takes on the role of long-term care minister.
Caroline Mulroney, formerly the transportation minister, assumes the position of president of the Treasury Board. Prabmeet Sarkaria steps into her former role as transportation minister, and Nina Tangri becomes the associate minister of small business with Mulroney retaining responsibility for Francophone affairs.
Clark’s departure came in the wake of a scathing report from the province’s integrity commissioner, which determined that he had violated ethics rules in connection with the opening of parts of the protected Greenbelt for development.
Premier Ford expressed confidence in his “renewed team,” stating, “We’ll never stop working on behalf of the people of Ontario to build the homes, highways, and public transit our growing communities need,” in a statement released Monday evening.
Notably, Clark’s resignation came just days after Ford had publicly supported his continuation as housing minister.
Marit Stiles, the Official Opposition New Democrat Leader, criticized the cabinet shuffle, labeling it a “slapdash team.” Stiles voiced concerns about alleged government corruption and favoritism towards certain insiders benefiting at the expense of others.