Premier Doug Ford Announces Changes to Cabinet
Toronto, November 5, 2018 - Premier Doug Ford today met with the Honourable Elizabeth
Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, to share his recommended changes to
the Executive Council following the resignation of Jim Wilson as Minister of Economic
Development, Job Creation and Trade.
Following his meeting with the Lieutenant Governor, Premier Ford announced the following
changes to ministerial assignments within the cabinet.
The Honourable Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, who has been serving as Minister
of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade on an interim basis, will assume
full-time responsibility for this portfolio in addition to his ongoing responsibilities
as Government House Leader.
The Honourable John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, is appointed
Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.
The Honourable Sylvia Jones, MPP for Dufferin-Caledon, is appointed Minister of
Community Safety and Correctional Services.
The Honourable Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, is appointed Minister
The Honourable Michael Tibollo, MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge, is appointed Minister
of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, is appointed to cabinet as the Minister
of Government and Consumer Services.
The Premier also announced that Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby, is appointed Government
Caucus Whip and Doug Downey, MPP for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, is appointed
Deputy Government Caucus Whip.
All other Ministerial, Parliamentary Assistant, and Government Caucus and Committee
roles remain unchanged.
"After four months of unprecedented action, we are taking this opportunity to calibrate
our cabinet assignments to ensure we continue to deliver on our commitments to the
people," said Ford. "We have the best team in politics and a plan that is working."