New Ministry to strengthen Ontario's economy
McGuinty Government Combines Energy And Infrastructure In One Portfolio
Ontario is creating a new Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure to build the schools, public transit, hospitals and energy generation that will help power Ontario's economy.
George Smitherman will be the new Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. After serving for nearly five years as Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Minister Smitherman is ready to take on new challenges. Under his leadership, Ontario's health-care system has seen steady improvement. Ontario became Canada's leader in reducing wait-times and 630,000 more Ontarians gained access to a family doctor. He retains the post of Deputy Premier.
The new Minister of Health and Long-Term Care is David Caplan. As Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal, he developed and spearheaded the government's five year, $30-billion infrastructure plan. He was also instrumental in Ontario's Places to Grow plan which won numerous international awards.
Gerry Phillips will assume new responsibilities as Chair of Cabinet and remain in cabinet as a Minister Without Portfolio. This move was spurred by a request from Minister Phillips who wished to reduce his workload while continuing to contribute to the McGuinty government.
- Monique Smith is the new Deputy House Leader.
- Responsibility for the LCBO will be transferred to the Ministry of Finance.
“As we move forward on our plan to strengthen our economy, this new ministry combining energy and infrastructure made good sense. I'm pleased to offer Ministers Smitherman and Caplan new outlets for their considerable talents and grateful that Minister Phillips will continue to lend his expertise and experience to cabinet.”