10:30 p.m., June 14)
Local MPP given Cabinet post as Wynne shuffles the deck
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde is now a rookie
Cabinet member after Premier Kathleen Wynne appointed
her Minister of Government and Consumer Services as part
of a mid-term Cabinet shuffle on Monday.
changes were more a version of musical chairs than a changing
of the guard as a handful of the most senior Ministers
including Finance Minister Charles Sousa, Health Minister
Eric Hoskins, Transportation Minister Stephen Del Duca,
and Environment Minister Glen Murray kept their portfolios,
and other senior Ministers simply switched jobs.
MPP Marie-France Lalonde stands with Premier Kathlee
Wynne and Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell
after being sworn in as Minister of Government and
Consumer Services. Photo provided
order to bring some fresh faces to the Cabinet, Wynne
added three chairs to the table increasing its size from
27 to 30 members. In addition four Ministers who don't
plan to run in the next election were replaced.
government and consumer services, Lalonde also takes over
as Minister responsible for francophone affairs, a post
previously held by Meilleur.
been a meteoric rise for the former retirement residence
co-owner and administrator who has a background in health
care and child wekfare services with CHEO and the Children's
Aid Society. She easily won the Liberal nomination to
replace former Ottawa-Orléans MPP Phil McNeely
and cruised to victory against her Conservative opponent
in the 2014 provincial Gerneral Election
previously held the twin positions of parliamentary assistant
to the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and
Infrastructure, and parliamentary assistant to the Minister
Responsible for Francophone Affairs.
last September she was appointed Goverment Whip.
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is responsible
for operating the Service Ontario offices which issues
health cards and drivers licences. The Ministry
also runs the governments human-resources and applies
shaid she was both surprised and humbled when Premier
Wynne informed her about the promotion to Cabinet.
an extraordinary day, but I'm feeling very humbled,"
Lalonde said after getting sworn in with her Cabinet colleagues
on Monday. "The Premier gave me an opportunity to
sit at Cabinet and I feel very honoured."
a pay hike, Lalonde will get another office and addirtional
staff. Her duties will also take her outside her riding
more often which means she will become even more dependent
on her current office staff.
10:30 p.m., June 14)
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