Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne introduced a new cabinet in Queen’s Park this week, welcoming seven new individuals and appointing a new Minister of Infrastructure.
Glenn Thibeault, former NDP MP who defected to the provincial Liberals, has been moved to the Ministry of Energy to replace Bob Chiarelli, who will oversee a new standalone Infrastructure department.
Wynne is looking at altering some departments, such as creating a separate Ministry of Infrastructure, which could create new ministerial positions.
The cabinet now consists of 12 women in the executive council, making Wynne’s cabinet 40 per cent female. This is her first cabinet change since 2014.
Wynne told the Toronto Star, “Putting a cabinet together is one of the most personally difficult tasks required of a premier and I can tell you—as I name my third cabinet—it doesn’t get any easier. The new cabinet is slightly larger, reflecting our decision to create stand-alone ministries.”