New Ministry To Strengthen Ontario's Economy



    McGuinty Government Combines Energy And Infrastructure In One Portfolio

    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is creating a new Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure to build
the schools, public transit, hospitals and energy generation that will help
power Ontario's economy.
    George Smitherman will be the new Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.
After serving for nearly five years as Ontario's Minister of Health and
Long-Term Care, Minister Smitherman is ready to take on new challenges. Under
his leadership, Ontario's health-care system has seen steady improvement.
Ontario became Canada's leader in reducing wait-times and 630,000 more
Ontarians gained access to a family doctor. He retains the post of Deputy
Premier.
    The new Minister of Health and Long-Term Care is David Caplan. As
Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal, he developed and spearheaded the
government's five year, $30-billion infrastructure plan. He was also
instrumental in Ontario's Places to Grow plan which won numerous international
awards.
    Gerry Phillips will assume new responsibilities as Chair of Cabinet and
remain in cabinet as a Minister Without Portfolio. This move was spurred by a
request from Minister Phillips who wished to reduce his workload while
continuing to contribute to the McGuinty government.

    QUOTE

    "As we move forward on our plan to strengthen our economy, this new
ministry combining energy and infrastructure made good sense," said Premier
McGuinty. "I'm pleased to offer Ministers Smitherman and Caplan new outlets
for their considerable talents and grateful that Minister Phillips will
continue to lend his expertise and experience to cabinet."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -  Monique Smith is the new Deputy House Leader.

    -  Responsibility for the LCBO will be transferred to the Ministry of
       Finance.
    

    LEARN MORE

    Find out more about each of Ontario's cabinet ministers
(http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/team/default.asp?Lang=EN), including portfolios
and bios.

    
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