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Election Day: Oct. 2, 2003   

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Do the Cabinet Shuffle!
 by Barry Brimbecom

When Ernie Eves became Tory leader in March 2002, he named a cabinet that consisted largely of Mike Harris-era veterans. Scandals and resignations subsequently forced the premier to shuffle the deck.

Here's a look at the people who have led government ministries during Eves' tenure:

 John Baird
 Minister:
John Baird

John Baird
Nepean-Carlton
 That was then:
Whip

Associate Minister of Francophone Affairs, Chief Government Whip and Deputy House Leader
 This is now:
Lightbulb

Minister of Energy and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, Government House Leader
WHAT HAPPENED:
Took over the Energy portfolio from Chris Stockwell so the then-Environment Minister could concentrate on safety of Ontario's water supply.

 Brian Coburn
 Minister
Brian Coburn

Brian Coburn
Ottawa-Orléans
 That was then:
House

Associate Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
 This is now:
Suitcases

Minister of Tourism and Recreation
WHAT HAPPENED:
Promoted after resignation of Tourism Minister Cam Jackson (see below).

 Doug Galt
 Minister
Doug Galt

Doug Galt
Northumberland
 That was then:
Bench

The backbenches
 This is now:
Whip

Minister without Portfolio and Chief Government Whip
WHAT HAPPENED:
Took over as Whip when John Baird assumed the Energy portfolio.

 Ernie Hardeman
 Minister
Ernie Hardeman

Ernie Hardeman
Oxford
 That was then:
Bench

The backbenches
 This is now:
Whip

Associate Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Rural Affairs
WHAT HAPPENED:
Hardeman, an Agriculture Minister under Mike Harris, returned to cabinet in February in this newly created portfolio.

 Chris Hodgson
 Minister
Chris Hodgson

Chris Hodgson
Haliburton-Victoria-Brock
 That was then:
Bench

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
 This is now:
Whip

Resigned from cabinet, not seeking re-election.
WHAT HAPPENED:
Once seen as a likely successor to Mike Harris, Hodgson decided to retire from politics after throwing his support to Ernie Eves in the 2002 leadership race.


 Cam Jackson
 Minister
Cam Jackson

Cam Jackson
Burlington
 That was then:
Suitcase

Minister of Tourism and Recreation
 This is now:
Revolving Door

Resigned from cabinet, but seeking re-election.
WHAT HAPPENED:
Jackson quit the Eves cabinet after it was revealed that he had billed more than $100,000 to government expense accounts.

 Frank Klees
 Minister:
Frank Klees

Frank Klees
Oak Ridges
 That was then:

The backbenches
 This is now:
Wheel

Minister of Transportation
WHAT HAPPENED:
Klees, a cabinet minister under Mike Harris, received the tourism and Recreation portfolio following the resignation of Cam Jackson. He moved to Transportation in the shuffle following the resignation of Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Chris Hodgson.

 Norm Sterling
 Minister
Norm Sterling

Norm Sterling
Lanark-Carleton
 That was then:
Suitcase

Minister of Transportation
 This is now:
Revolving Door

Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Native Affairs
WHAT HAPPENED:
Switched portfolios in the shuffle following Chris Hodgson's departure.

 Chris Stockwell
 Minister
Chris Stockwell

Chris Stockwell
Etobicoke Centre
 That was then:
Suitcase

Minister of Environment and Energy, Government House Leader
 This is now:
Revolving Door

Resigned from cabinet, not seeking re-election.
WHAT HAPPENED:
Stockwell quit following allegations that he'd improperly billed family travel expenses to the government.

 Jim Wilson
 Minister
Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson
Simcoe-Grey
 That was then:
Enviro/Energy

Minister of Northern Development and Mines
 This is now:
Revolving Door

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Minister of Environment
WHAT HAPPENED:
Picked up the Environment portfolio after Chris Stockwell's resignation.

 David Young
 Minister
David Young

David Young
Willowdale
 That was then:
Enviro/Energy

Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Native Affairs
 This is now:
Revolving Door

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
WHAT HAPPENED:
Shuffled following resignation of Chris Hodgson.

 The song remains the same:

Cabinet members who have held the same portfolio since they joined the Eves cabinet:

Brad Clark (Stoney Creek), Minister of Labour.

Tony Clement (Brampton West-Mississauga), Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

Dianne Cunningham (London North-Centre), Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues.

Carl DeFaria (Mississauga East), Minister of Citizenship and Minister Responsible for Seniors.

Janet Ecker (Pickering-Ajax-Uxbridge), Minister of Finance.

Brenda Elliott (Guelph-Wellington), Minister of Community, Family and Children's Services.

Ernie Eves (Dufferin-Peel-Wellington-Grey), Premier and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Jim Flaherty (Whitby-Ajax), Minister of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation.

Tim Hudak (Erie-Lincoln), Minister of Consumer and Business Services.

Tina Molinari (Thornhill), Associate Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Dan Newman (Scarborough Southwest), Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

Jerry Ouellette (Oshawa), Minister of Natural Resources.

Bob Runciman (Leeds-Grenville), Minister of Public Safety and Security.

David Tsubouchi (Markham), Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet and Minister of Culture.

David Turnbull (Don Valley West), Associate Minister of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation.

Elizabeth Witmer (Kitchener-Waterloo), Deputy Premier and Minister of Education.

 

 


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