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(Updated 10:30 p.m., June 14)
Local MPP given Cabinet post as Wynne shuffles the deck

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Rookie 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.

The 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.

Orléans 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

In 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.

Besides government and consumer services, Lalonde also takes over as Minister responsible for francophone affairs, a post previously held by Meilleur.

It's 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

Lalonde 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.

And last September she was appointed Goverment Whip.

The 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 government’s human-resources and applies consumer-protection laws.

Lalonde shaid she was both surprised and humbled when Premier Wynne informed her about the promotion to Cabinet.

"It's 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."

Besides 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.

(Updated 10:30 p.m., June 14)


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