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Premier Doug Ford to unveil new Tory cabinet on Friday


Premier Doug Ford’s new cabinet will be unveiled Friday morning at Queen’s Park.

Ford and his ministers will be sworn in by Lieutenant-Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell at 10 a.m.

The premier, whose Progressive Conservatives were re-elected with an expanded majority on June 2, will deliver a speech to MPPs and invited guests at 11:15 a.m.

As the Star revealed last week, Ford is expected to expand the size of his executive council as he tackles his second four-year term.

“I don’t discuss positions about cabinet and I have one rule with our caucus: don’t lobby me for cabinet,” the premier warned on June 3.

“No one lobby me or (have) your supporters lobby me. It just doesn’t work that way with me. We sit down, we do an evaluation,” he said.

Jamie Wallace, Ford’s chief of staff, is leading the dozen-member transition team that has made recommendations to him for remaking the cabinet.

But ultimately the premier is deciding the make-up of cabinet.

Ford’s key priority is to name a replacement for Health Minister Christine Elliott, who did not seek re-election.

Sources have confided the front-runners to succeed Elliott, who was also Ford’s deputy premier, are Solicitor General Sylvia Jones and Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark.

It is expected that Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy, Treasury Board President Prabmeet Sarkaria, Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney, and Education Minister Stephen Lecce will remain in their current roles.

With 83 MPPs — including 28 rookies — up from the 76 his party won in the 2018 election, Ford may expand cabinet from the current 28 ministers.

Newcomers he is believed to be considering include: Patrice Barnes (Ajax); Andrew Dowie (Windsor-Tecumseh); George Pirie (Timmins); and Charmaine Williams (Brampton Centre).

Ford has signalled he might appoint a regional minister from Hamilton — either newly elected Neil Lumsden, a Canadian Football League legend, or second-term MPP Donna Skelly (Flamborough-Glanbrook).

After the cabinet is sworn in, the government will have a throne speech outlining its agenda and then the Tories will reintroduce and enact Bethlenfalvy’s April 28 budget with some minor tweaks.

Robert Benzie is the Star’s Queen’s Park bureau chief and a reporter covering Ontario politics. Follow him on Twitter: @robertbenzie

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