May 25, 2016
By Jane Brown
Premier Kathleen Wynne is reportedly planning a major shuffle of her cabinet shortly after the legislature breaks for the summer on June 9th.
A Toronto Star story says at the mid-point of her mandate, Wynne wants ministers to move from policy making mode to implementation as the Liberals gear up for what could be a challenging re-election in June of 2018.
The report says Glenn Thibeault, who represents Sudbury and who won a contentious byelection last year, will receive a role that uses his expertise in autism, which has been one of the thorniest issues facing the Liberals.
Other backbenchers who could be promoted to cabinet include Burlington’s Eleanor McMahon, Halton MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris, Kitchener MPP Daiene Vernile, and Cambridge MPP Kathryn McGarry.
New MPP Yvan Baker (Etobicoke Centre) could be headed for his own ministry. He is said to have impressed Premier Wynne and her staff with his abilities inside and outside the legislature.
It appears Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins and Finance Minister Charles Sousa are expected to remain at their posts, but many others within the current cabinet can and will be moved, according to the report.