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Joe Cordiano Steps Aside After 21 Years Of Public Service Capped By Billions In New Investment And Thousands Of Jobs

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Joe Cordiano Steps Aside After 21 Years Of Public Service Capped By Billions In New Investment And Thousands Of Jobs

Sandra Pupatello Becomes Minister Of Economic Development And Trade And Kathleen Wynne Joins Cabinet As Minister Of Education

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After working to secure $7-billion worth of new auto investment and thousands of jobs as Minister of Economic Development and Trade, and serving as an MPP for 21 years, Joe Cordiano is moving on.

"Recently, Joe told me that, after so many years in public life, it was time for him to do something new," Premier Dalton McGuinty told a news conference today.

"I'm going to miss Joe Cordiano the politician. But I have told him that I understand the decision that Joe Cordiano, the person, is making."

Cordiano, who is resigning from Cabinet today and will give up his seat as MPP, said he has no firm plans beyond returning to private life.

"It's time for a new challenge, outside of government," Cordiano said. "And after so many years of selfless support from my wife Rose, and my daughters Lara and Natalie, it's time to give back to them."

Cordiano, the MPP for York South-Weston, was first elected in the landmark 1985 election, which led to the defeat of the previous government that had been in power for 42 years. He was re-elected five times, serving as Parliamentary Assistant to Premier Peterson, as an opposition MPP, and finally on the front benches of the McGuinty government.

Today, he leaves public life on a high note, after working for the past three years to help secure some $7 billion in new auto investment, and thousands of jobs for Ontario.

Sandra Pupatello, the MPP for Windsor West, becomes the new Minister of Economic Development and Trade.

"Sandra is one of our best communicators and a born salesperson. She's passionate about what Ontario has to offer the world," McGuinty said. "And she understands the backbone of our economy, the auto sector, as demonstrated by her track record in her hometown of Windsor."

"I know Sandra will work hard to maintain and accelerate the momentum we have built up on the world's economic stage," McGuinty said. "That's because she has maintained and accelerated the government's momentum in education, after doing an excellent job in Community and Social Services."

Kathleen Wynne, elected in 2003 as the MPP for Don Valley West, joins Cabinet as Minister of Education.

Formerly the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, Wynne has been a teacher and tutor of English as a Second Language, a community advocate for students and parents, and a trustee on the Toronto District School Board.

"She understands our agenda and the issues facing schools, and I'm confident she'll do a great job," McGuinty said.

"Just as I thank Joe today for his outstanding career in public service, I want to thank Sandra and Kathleen for their continuing commitment to the people of Ontario. We all feel privileged to serve Ontarians as their government," he said.

"And I personally feel fortunate to lead such a strong team of caucus members -- a team that's so strong, we can carry on even when we lose one of our very best. That's important, for while we have made very real progress on behalf of Ontarians, we have more to do."