New Parliamentary Assistants to Focus on Key Government Priorities
Former Ministers Will Build on Plan to Create Fairness and Opportunity in Ontario
Premier Kathleen Wynne today announced the appointment of three new Parliamentary Assistants, Liz Sandals, Deb Matthews and Brad Duguid. Their experience and insight will be focused on priority areas as the government works to create more fairness and opportunity in a rapidly changing economy.
Liz Sandals becomes the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure, helping to strengthen our communities and economy as Ontario continues to make the largest infrastructure investment in the province's history.
Deb Matthews becomes Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier, helping to continue implementing the government's plan to make sure everyone in Ontario has the opportunity to get ahead in a changing economy.
As Ontario continues to build and strengthen economic and cultural ties with U.S. states, Brad Duguid becomes Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (U.S. State Engagement).
Additional changes include:
- Amrit Mangat becomes Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, helping to attract more visitors to our province and encourage increased participation and engagement with the arts and sport in Ontario. This is in addition to her role as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Accessibility
- Han Dong becomes Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, helping to promote a safe, secure, reliable and environmentally sustainable energy supply for people across the province. This will be in addition to his role as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development.
These updates build on changes to Cabinet announced on January 17, which saw eight women promoted to key roles across government.
Ontario's plan is creating fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Parliamentary Assistants support ministers with legislative and committee matters, and work with community partners and industry groups. They play a key role in meeting a ministry’s specific priorities by supporting the minister and taking on special projects.
- There are 23 Parliamentary Assistants in the Ontario government.
“These new appointments draw on the great talent and depth of experience in our government, and will help ensure we continue to take bold action to make our province fairer, creating opportunity for everyone to get ahead. I am grateful that Deb Matthews, Brad Duguid and Liz Sandals, individuals who have a firm grasp of issues and deep understanding of our province, will continue to share their considerable expertise as we build on our plan to create a fairer, better Ontario.”