Making Ontario More Competitive at Home and Abroad



    
               Cabinet Shuffle Focuses On Strengthening Economy
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario's cabinet is changing to help attract investment and jobs during
a period of global economic challenge.
    Sandra Pupatello becomes Minister of International Trade and Investment.
Pupatello will focus on working internationally to promote trade and attract
investment to Ontario -- bringing new investments to the province and
developing new opportunities for Ontario workers.
    Michael Bryant becomes Minister of Economic Development. Bryant's
responsibility will be to work with companies within Canada to secure and
create new jobs. Bryant will also be charged with reducing Ontario's
regulatory burden on businesses.
    Brad Duguid becomes Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. Duguid will lead
Ontario's ongoing efforts to chart a new course for constructive, cooperative
relationships with Aboriginal Peoples of Ontario -- a relationship sustained
by mutual respect leading to better opportunities and a better future for
Aboriginal children and youth.
    Peter Fonseca becomes Minister of Labour. As Minister, he will work to
build safe, fair and harmonious workplace practices that contribute to
Ontario's economic well-being.
    Monique Smith becomes Minister of Tourism. Smith will work to strengthen
Ontario's economy by promoting our province as a destination of choice and
improving our vital tourism sector.
    Today's shuffle supports the McGuinty government's five point plan to
build a stronger Ontario. By investing in our people -- in their skills,
education and innovation -- we can overcome the external challenges facing our
economy and build a stronger province.

    QUOTES

    "Ontarians have made significant progress by working hard and working
together. And, working together, our Cabinet will continue to strengthen our
province at home and abroad," said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -  Dwight Duncan becomes Minister of Revenue and retains the Finance
       portfolio. Michael Bryant remains Government House Leader, and Monique
       Smith remains Deputy House Leader.

    -  In 2007, Ontario exported $330.8 billion in goods (international and
       domestic).

    -  More than 300,000 people work in Ontario's tourism industry.

    LEARN MORE

    See a full list of the Ontario
cabinet(http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/team/default.asp).
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