McGuinty announces new, leaner cabinet
Dalton McGuinty will run the government of Ontario with a smaller group of cabinet ministers.
Premier and Intergovernmental Affairs – Dalton McGuinty
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs - Ted McMeekin
Attorney General - John Gerretsen
Children and Youth Services - Eric Hoskins
Citizenship and Immigration- Charles Sousa
Community Safety and Correctional Services, Francophone Affairs - Madeleine Meilleur
Community and Social Service - John Milloy
Consumer Services- Margarett Best
Economic Development and Innovation- Brad Duguid
Education, Women's Issues - Laurel Broten
Energy - Chris Bentley Environment- Jim Bradley
Finance - Dwight Duncan
Government Services - Harinder Takhar
Health- Deb Matthews
Labour, Seniors - Linda Jeffrey
Municipal Affairs and Housing and Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs - Kathleen Wynne
Natural Resources (Forestry) - Michael Gravelle
Northern Development and Mines - Rick Bartolucci
Tourism and Culture - Michael Chan
Training, Colleges and Universities - Glen Murray
Transportation and Ministry of Infrastructure - Bob Chiarelli
The Ontario premier released his list of cabinet appointments on Wednesday evening. There will be six fewer ministers in his new minority government - in fact the smallest cabinet in Ontario since 1998.
A government source said McGuinty had picked experienced people to lead the ministries. "It's a strong, steady group that's focused on jobs and economy growth," the source said.
Dwight Duncan will hold on to his posts as finance minister and as deputy premier, while Kathleen Wynne and Bob Chiarelli will take on double duty.
Wynne, the MPP for Don Valley West, will head two ministries - municipal affairs and housing, as well as the ministry of aboriginal affairs.
Chiarelli, from Ottawa, will head the ministry of transportation and the ministry of infrastructure.
Toronto MPP Laurel Broten was handed the always sensitive education portfolio.
Health - the ministry that eats up the largest slice of the budget pie - will continue to be handled by Deb Matthews.
Brad Duguid moves from energy to economic development. Chris Bentley, who had been attorney general, take over Duguid's former post.
Before this month's election the Ontario Liberal cabinet had 28 members - including 11 women.
The new cabinet is reduced to 22 members, along with the premier.