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Who will be the ministers in Ford’s New cabinet tomorrow?

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Former Solicitor General and MPP from Dufferin- Caledon, Sylvia Jones will be the new Minister of Health of Ontario.

The new Minister of Health is considered to play the biggest role in the next government. She will fill in the place of former deputy Premier & Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, who played a very important role during pandemic but chose not to run again in the June 2 election.

According to sources close to Premier Ford, he is consulting with Christian Elliott before taking any final decisions.

Another big surprise will be that newly elected MPP Michael Ford, the Premier’s nephew, is likely to be given a cabinet post.

It is also likely that Stephen Lecce will return as Minister of Education, while Peter Bethlenfalvy will remain as Minister of Finance. In a big setback for Lisa MacLeod, a former senior Minister, she is not expected to return in the new cabinet.

Swearing-in ceremony of the new cabinet will take place at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, outside, in front of the legislature building.

It is expected that Ford won’t change many portfolios in his cabinet but might bifurcate some ministers` work.

Having got 83 seats this time, he has more MPPs to choose from, including 28 new faces. But this time he also faces extra pressure to appoint ministers from parts of the province where his party made fresh gains.

This time it is also expected the new cabinet should be more diverse and reflect the people it serves. In the last cabinet in 2018, only one visible minority MPP, Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria was given a post. By the end of the term, six of the 28 MPPs holding positions in cabinet were people of color. The outgoing cabinet also included 10 women.

From South Asian community’s prospectus, Prabmeet Sarkaria is certain to get an important portfolio in the new cabinet. But it is still not clear that which portfolio he will get. It is also still not clear that former Minister of state of small businesses, Nina Tangri will be retained this time again or not.

Of the 83 PC MPPs elected, 23 are women and 19 are people of color.

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