Jun 25, 2014
By Jane Brown
Premier Kathleen Wynne is warning of “difficult choices” ahead as her majority Liberal government prepares to implement an agenda which would appear to place importance on bringing down the province’s deficit. Wynne now has 3 cabinet ministers involved in finance.
Charles Sousa remains Finance Minister, Deb Matthews is the Treasury Board president, and Associate Finance Minister Mitzie Hunter is in charge of setting up the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan. Susan Eng of CARP – A New Vision of Aging – tells Zoomer Radio News, ” we at CARP are very impressed that not only did Premier Wynne reiterate her promise of going ahead with the pension plan in her inauguration speech, but she also appointed, as a member of her cabinet, a junior minister, Mitzie Hunter, who will have primary responsibility just for implementing that pension plan. So this is a simple case of a promise made and a promise kept and we rarely see that in one election cycle.”
With a majority of seats in the legislature, Premier Wynne now has the power to have the budget and government legislation passed quickly. The budget that sparked this month’s election will be re-introduced on July 14th.