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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:17 am    Post subject: Who will be in Doug Ford's Cabinet ? Reply with quote

( I'm assuming the cabinet will be revealed at the end of June , it may also be much smaller than Wynne's massive cabinet which had close to 30 members , it seem obvious Elliott , Mulroney and Macleod will be in the cabinet . also suspect Fideli and Rickford from up north are very likely too )


Some potential Ford cabinet members




Shawn Jeffords

2018-06-08



© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
TORONTO - Throughout the 2018 provincial election campaign Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford touted his candidates as talented and capable of delivering on his promises. Ford, whose party won a majority Thursday night, has said he would have no trouble choosing a cabinet from the "124 all-stars" on his team.



Here's a look at some potential Tory ministers in a Ford cabinet:

Christine Elliott — Theformer Tory legislator and three-time party leadership candidate will likely play a key role in Ford's cabinet. Elliott, who handily won her riding of Newmarket-Aurora, is an experienced politician who has also been Tory deputy leader under former Tory leader Tim Hudak. Until jumping into the party leadership race in February, Elliott served as the province's first patient ombudsman.


Caroline Mulroney — Thelawyer and former leadership candidate is a political rookie who could end up in cabinet in a key role. The daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, she offers links to Tory stalwarts in the party's base who rallied behind her during her run for the party leadership. The 43-year-old mother of four was educated at Harvard and New York University.

Vic Fedeli — The veteran Tory legislator and longtime finance critic served as interim party leader after Patrick Brown stepped down earlier this year. Ford, who became party leader in March but had no seat in the legislature, relied on Fedeli to lead the Opposition in the house. Fedeli could be a choice for minister of finance.

Lisa MacLeod — The longtime Ottawa-area Tory legislator has held multiple roles in her time in opposition including as education critic, finance critic and digital government critic. MacLeod has also been a vocal advocate of increased mental health supports. She emerged as a go-to communicator for Ford after he took the helm as party leader in March.

Rod Phillips — The former head of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and executive at Postmedia was a star candidate for the party in Ajax. He also has extensive experience as a political staffer for former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman, who endorsed Ford during the election.

Todd Smith — The legislator for Bay of Quinte riding in Eastern Ontario has served as the party's energy critic in recent years. He helped Ford sell his pitch to fire the board and CEO of the partially privatized utility Hydro One during the election. Ford may call upon Smith to handle the thorny file of energy minister and find a way to deliver on a Tory pledge to cut hydro rates by a further 12 per cent.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doug Ford has lots of choices in assembling first PC government since 2003


By Robert BenzieQueen's Park Bureau Chief

Mon., June 11, 2018


Premier-designate Doug Ford and his transition team are quietly and methodically putting together the first Progressive Conservative government at Queen’s Park in 15 years.

Fresh from toppling Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals last Thursday, he and his top advisers are gearing up for the swearing in of the administration on June 29.



Ontario premier-elect Doug Ford said his “biggest problem” will be whittling down his cabinet selections from the dozens of Tories elected around the province.



Ford said his “biggest problem” will be whittling down his cabinet selections from the dozens of Tories elected around the province.

“We have 75 incredible people to choose from and that’s going to be the toughest decision. We haven’t made that decision yet, but we will,” he said Sunday.

Wynne’s departing cabinet, which will meet for the final time Wednesday, has 28 members presiding over 30 departments.



Her successor has not yet determined how large his cabinet will be, but it is widely expected to be streamlined slightly with reconfigured ministries.



While the incoming premier insisted he has not decided who will be on his executive council, he tipped his hand on May 28 when he showcased some of his star candidates at a roundtable in Newmarket.

The Tory leader indicated that day his cabinet could include newly elected candidates Christine Elliott (Newmarket-Aurora), Rod Phillips (Ajax), Caroline Mulroney (York-Simcoe), Peter Bethlenfalvy (Pickering-Uxbridge), Greg Rickford (Kenora-Rainy River), Doug Downey (Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte), and Donna Skelly (Flamborough-Glanbrook).


Ford also highlighted MPPs Lisa MacLeod (Nepean), Raymond Cho (Scarborough North), and Vic Fedeli (Nipissing), and he is known to be impressed by Todd Smith (Bay of Quinte), John Yakabuski (Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke) and Monte McNaughton (Lambton-Kent-Middlesex).

Other veterans believed to be under consideration for cabinet include MPPs Jim Wilson (Simcoe-Grey), Steve Clark (Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands), Ross Romano (Sault Ste. Marie), and Sylvia Jones (Dufferin-Caledon).

Because the Tories won 76 seats in the expanded 124-member Legislature — compared to 40 for Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats, seven for Wynne’s Liberals, and one for Green Leader Mike Schreiner — Ford has the luxury of choice.

When cabinetmaking, premiers traditionally look at geography, cultural background, gender and work-life experience, among other factors.

During the election, Ford promised that his agriculture minister “would be a farmer,” which means either Toby Barrett (Haldimand-Norfolk) or Lisa Thompson (Huron-Bruce) will likely make cabinet.

It is expected that MPPs Rick Nicholls (Chatham-Kent-Leamington) or Ted Arnott (Wellington Halton Hills) could end up as speaker of the Legislative Assembly, a position elected by MPPs in a secret ballot.


Doug Ford's Ontario Progressive Conservatives will form a majority government following Thursday’s provincial election. The premier-elect says he will continue the legacy of his late brother Rob, a former Toronto mayor. (The Canadian Press)


Ford will gather his victorious caucus at Queen’s Park next Tuesday for their first meeting since the election.

“I feel great. I feel energized. I feel ready to go,” he said. “We’re getting our transition team together and we’re going to get moving and we’ll move rapidly.”


https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/06/11/ford-puts-together-first-pc-government-since-2003.html
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will Doug Ford tap Southwestern Ontario to populate cabinet?


Which MPPs will Doug Ford pick to represent Southwestern Ontario when he names his cabinet?

Dan Brown
Updated: June 15, 2018


Which MPPs will Doug Ford pick to represent Southwestern Ontario when he names his cabinet? It’s impossible to predict, experts tell The Free Press, because choosing a cabinet is a more of an art than a science.

But regional representation will be a factor in the premier-designate’s choices, they agree.

“Geography’s always played a role. Over the years, I’ve examined this and it’s always played out,” Peter Woolstencroft, a retired University of Waterloo political-science professor, said of how a newly minted Ontario premier will take the province’s map into account when slotting MPPs into the different cabinet portfolios.

“One factor that’s always been steady has been regional representation,” echoed the University of Toronto’s Nelson Wiseman.

Woolstencroft says his sources tell him Ford will appoint a streamlined cabinet. “I think the bar is higher,” he added. “There are fair number of (Progressive) Conservatives to call upon.”

Elgin-Middlesex-London’s Jeff Yurek may be in a good position since he is the only Tory MPP in the area with ties to the Forest City. “I would expect that Yurek would represent London,” Wolstencroft said.

Yurek acquitted himself well in his role as health critic while in opposition. His status as a small-business owner of a pharmacy might also make him appealing. “You want someone (in cabinet) whose got links to the business community,” Wiseman pointed out.


Progressive Conservative candidate Jeff Yurek was re-elected MPP of Elgin-Middlesex-London during the provincial election Thursday night. (Louis Pin/Times-Journal)

Ford did give some hints about his thinking on the ideal profile of cabinet members while on the campaign trail here, telling local crowds he would want someone with farming experience in the agriculture slot.

“Agriculture always thinks they’re special. It’s always a good talking point,” Woolstencroft said.

That might mean someone like Huron-Bruce’s Lisa Thompson will be tapped for cabinet duty. “Lisa Thompson (is) an obvious appointee,” Woolstencroft, a longtime Queen’s Park-watcher, added.

When Ford first visited our city after winning the PC leadership, he was hosted here by Yurek, Monte McNaughton (Lambton-Kent-Middlesex) and Bob Bailey (Sarnia-Lambton). As a former leadership hopeful with pull among social conservatives, McNaughton — a former critic for economic development — could get the nod.

“To me, the interesting question is: How many of the unknown newbies does he go with?
–Peter Wolstencroft​

Rewarding certain areas for supporting the Tories in the June 7 provincial vote may also play a part in Ford’s decisions, so Wiseman and Wolstencroft expect a number of GTA appointees will be in the mix — but not too many.

It would be a political “disaster” if Ford over-rewards the Big Smoke, Woolstencroft believes: “There would be a lot of unhappy people.”

“You can’t have everybody from Toronto. You can’t have everybody from outside of Toronto,” Wiseman agreed.

Nor is regional representation the only factor the former Toronto city councillor will take into account.

“In recent years, a new consideration has been diversity in terms of ethnicity, race and gender,” Wiseman said. A political leader also has to take into account experience — in the legislature and beyond, he says.

“To me, the interesting question is: How many of the unknown newbies does he go with? Does Doug Ford care about optics? Is he prepared to make a hard call?” Woolstencroft said.

http://lfpress.com/news/local-.....te-cabinet
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( this article seems to indicate that ford has already picked a cabinet and that they will meet Tomorrow for the first time )



June 11, 2018 2:48 pm Updated: June 12, 2018 10:19 am

Choosing cabinet, picking office space, hiring assistants: PC transition to power underway


By Shawn Jeffords and Paola Loriggio The Canadian Press




WATCH ABOVE: Ontario Premier-designate Doug Ford said Sunday he had a challenge choosing a cabinet, but said their first caucus meeting would be June 19. He also said he hasn't yet decided on a third-party auditor to look at the province's finances.




TORONTO – From choosing cabinet members and hiring political aides, to picking office space and conducting background checks on legislators, Ontario’s newly elected Progressive Conservatives must tackle a lengthy to-do list as they prepare to take power for the first time in 15 years – and observers say their decisions could set the tone for the rest of their term.


Premier-designate Doug Ford, who announced his transition team a day after his party won a majority, is meeting with senior public servants and will gather his new 76-member caucus for the first time next week.

But behind the scenes, transition preparations have likely been going on quietly for months, said retired University of Toronto political science professor Graham White, who has co-authored a book on changes in power in Ontario.

“A good transition is absolutely essential to a successful government,” he said.


The challenge for the Tories, who’ve been out of power for so long, would not be dissimilar to some of the problems the Bob Rae-led NDP encountered nearly three decades ago, said White. Some less experienced NDP caucus members didn’t trust the public service after years in the opposition, hurting the vital relationship with the province’s non-partisan bureaucracy, he said.

While Ford works to form his cabinet, he will also be meeting with public servants who will have done a preliminary examination of the Tory plan, costed some of their promises and will tell the party what could be implemented quickly and what may take more time, White said.

“The public service, literally the morning after the election, has to be in a position to say, ‘premier-designate, here’s our analysis. What else would you like to do?”‘ he said.

In a memo Friday, Steve Orsini, head of the Ontario’s public service, asked senior bureaucrats to help with the transition on a “24/7” basis.


“I know I can rely on each of you to provide timely, professional and expert advice during and after the swearing-in of the new administration,” he said.

Ford will officially take over from outgoing Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne on June 29. But a full transition is likely to take months because of the challenge of fully staffing government ministries with new political aides, White said.

“Somewhere in Queen’s Park there is a computer with hundreds of electronic resumes which have come in and a very large box of paper resumes,” he said. “Sorting through that and getting good people is an enormously important but difficult task.”

Former Liberal legislator John Milloy, who was part of the slate that took over from the Progressive Conservatives in 2003, said Ford will quickly have to decide how he wants to run his government.

“Is he going to have a series of cabinet committees? Who’s going to be in those committees? How big are the committees going to be? What sorts of issues are they going to look at? … He’s going to have to decide how he wants the government to function,” said Milloy, now a practitioner-in-residence in the department of political science at Wilfrid Laurier University.



The Tories are also likely going through an extensive vetting process that includes police background checks, Milloy said, something he said should be completed before Ford announces his cabinet.

“What the Liberals did … they checked everyone, every single MPP,” he said. “Not only is there going to be a police check but they’re going to want to sit down either with everyone or with prospective ministers and prospective parliamentary assistants and ask all those awful questions.”

Milloy conceded that the process could be uncomfortable.

“They asked me all those awful questions: drug use and have you had an affair and are you bankrupt and do you owe anyone any money and how often do you hang out with the Russian mob,” he said.


The New Democrats, who are moving to the role of official Opposition, are also in transition, preparing to take on additional duties, including sitting on more committees and chairing some of them, the party said.

They must also select a shadow cabinet, although that remains the prerogative of leader Andrea Horwath, they said. Traditionally, the Opposition lineup is revealed after the government announces its cabinet, they said.

“Often, the Official Opposition waits to see how many ministers the premier has in the cabinet, and how the responsibilities are divided,” said Michael Balagus, chief of staff for the NDP caucus.

Similarly, the party that forms government gets the first pick of offices for its members and caucus room, followed by the Opposition and, when applicable, the third party, the NDP said.

A representative from each party has already been meeting with the board of internal economy – which establishes and oversees financial policies that apply to the Legislative Assembly – and the legislative services division to sort it out, and the moving process could begin by the end of the week, they said.


Research staff and other employees not tied to specific legislators will also be hired once the caucus budget is allocated in the next few days, the party said.

Aside from a few management positions, all NDP staff belong to a union, so those positions must be posted and filled according to union rules, which is not the case for the other parties, they said.

Meanwhile, the Liberals, reduced to seven seats after Thursday’s election, have begun the process of searching for an interim leader after Wynne stepped down as party leader on election night. She is, however, staying on as a legislator.


https://globalnews.ca/news/4267018/doug-ford-transition-team-ontario-tories/
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( ford has also ordered a hiring freeze at queens park and put restrictions on travel and other expenses , considering the province is broke , one has to wonder why this action took so long to actually happen , it seems that wynne allowed the free spending ways to continue cause it was the only way she could maintain what little support she still had there )




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the order has gone out to all deputy ministers at queen's park: hiring freeze is on, cancel all paper-based newspaper/magazine subscriptions, new restrictions on out-of-province travel, no food at taxpayers' expense approved for in-house meetings. #onpoli
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the hiring freeze is a baby step as ford begins to tackle Ontario's bloated and over paid public service )


Ford orders public sector hiring freeze, excludes essential frontline staff


The Canadian Press
Updated: June 18, 2018



Doug Ford. Nathan Denette/Canadian Press


TORONTO — Ontario’s incoming premier has put the public service under a hiring freeze as part of a series of measures meant to limit spending as he re-examines the province’s books.

A spokesman for Doug Ford says the Progressive Conservative leader has also directed government ministries to cancel “subscription-based services” and to restrict out-of-province travel.

Simon Jefferies says the Tories will review government spending line by line to ensure taxpayers’ money is going to the services people rely on.

During the election campaign, Ford promised to launch an audit of government spending and to save billions each year by finding unspecified efficiencies, without cutting any jobs.

A source within the party says essential frontline staff, including those in policing and fire services, are exempt from the hiring freeze.


Any other hiring, aside from lateral moves within the public service or appointments required to fulfil collective agreements, must be officially approved before going forward.

The head of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union says he’s not surprised by the decision, but has concerns about how it may affect services and the 34,000 public sector workers the union represents.

“Whatever this man does will affect at least some of our members everywhere, and depending on the decision, could affect a lot of them,” said Warren “Smokey” Thomas, OPSEU’s president.

Thomas said he sent Ford a letter last week asking for a meeting and reminding him of his promise not to lay off any workers in his belt-tightening efforts, but said the premier-designate has yet to take him up on the offer.

http://ottawacitizen.com/pmn/n.....ine-staff/
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its a small step;
But one in the right direction.

A Province without a balanced budget needs to make some fiscal concessions;
Its why he won.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RCO wrote:
( ford has also ordered a hiring freeze at queens park and put restrictions on travel and other expenses , considering the province is broke , one has to wonder why this action took so long to actually happen , it seems that wynne allowed the free spending ways to continue cause it was the only way she could maintain what little support she still had there )




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the order has gone out to all deputy ministers at queen's park: hiring freeze is on, cancel all paper-based newspaper/magazine subscriptions, new restrictions on out-of-province travel, no food at taxpayers' expense approved for in-house meetings. #onpoli


He isn't actually the premier until the 29th ... Frankly, I am surprised that this has already started. At this point, we don't really know the personalities or skill level of the individuals. There's a learning curve here ... probably a steep one.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ontario's incoming premier said Tuesday that teachers and nurses are exempt from the public service hiring freeze he has ordered as part of his efforts to curb government spending.

The Progressive Conservatives had previously said the freeze did not apply to essential frontline staff such as police, corrections and fire services, as well as lateral moves within the public service.

But some, including the NDP, had raised concerns about which jobs would be considered essential and how that could potentially impact services such as health care and education.

When asked if his hiring freeze would apply to nurses, Ford said "absolutely not."

"There's not on the teachers either," he said. "But again, we're going to make sure we watch every single penny of the taxpayers' dollars."

Ford was also asked when he would recall the Ontario legislature and launch a government-wide audit he promised during the campaign, but would only say that details of both plans would be announced in the coming days.

Ford's comments came as his Progressive Conservative caucus met for the first time since winning a majority this month.

Asked about what message he was bringing to his team of legislators, Ford said he stressed the need to help Ontario residents and be prudent with public funds.

"Never forget who put us here — the people," he said. "And make sure that we watch every single penny moving forward. No more lunches, no more free lunches."


https://ca.news.yahoo.com/doug-ford-rallies-ontario-tory-153516445.html
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's being focused, determined, has the right priorities ... so far, so good ...

Could it be that Doug Ford also has excellent political instincts?
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Incoming premier Doug Ford is scrapping the GreenON program, which provided incentives like free smart thermostats to those looking to make their homes more energy efficient.

Ford, who is set to be sworn in on June 29, has already announced plans to end Ontario's cap-and-trade program, which funded GreenON and a number of other initiatives.

The end of the program, launched at the end of 2017, means homeowners will lose the chance to qualify for thousands of dollars worth of rebates on a number of improvements, from windows to insulation to solar equipment.

The government also offered upwards of 100,000 free smart thermostats — like the Nest, or Ecobee — to homeowners and tenants who agreed to an energy audit and worked with a contractor certified by the program.

GreenON's website says the government will honour rebates for those who signed a work agreement with a contractor for work that will be done before Aug. 31, or submit an application by Sept. 30.


https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/greenon-program-ends-1.4713161
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He's being focused, determined, has the right priorities ... so far, so good ...

Could it be that Doug Ford also has excellent political instincts?


He is acting like a Premier should act when the books aren't balanced;
Good on him!
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Incoming premier Doug Ford says his government will one day build subways to Pickering and Markham — cities that are already served by GO Transit's above-ground rail lines.

Ford made the claim at a Pickering news conference where he was asked about a dubious British study that suggests Toronto has the worst commute in North America.

"We've been preaching for 10 years in Toronto … we love subways. Rapid underground transit," Ford told reporters.

He then attacked light rail, a less expensive form of transit being built in municipalities across Ontario.

"They rip up two lanes of road traffic and they clunk along the street — antiquated system," he said.

Ford, who has committed to building three-stop subway to Scarborough, as well as the downtown relief line — projects that both come with multi-billion dollar price tags — then suggested the PCs subway dreams stretch beyond Toronto's borders.

"We're going to focus on being the most modern transit system in the world. We're going to build rapid underground transit that's going to extend, not only in Toronto, but we're the first government that's going to run a regional transportation system. So folks in Pickering eventually will be able to hop on a subway and get to downtown Toronto. People of Markham and the outlying areas, over time, will be on a subway, to make sure that we get traffic moving."


https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/doug-ford-subways-1.4715880
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Jenni Byrne tapped to be Ford’s principal secretary, premier’s office takes shape

By Marieke Walsh. Published on Jun 22, 2018 4:22am



Ontario Premier-designate Doug Ford has tapped a senior staffer from Stephen Harper’s government to be one of his top advisors, say sources closely linked to the Progressive Conservatives.

Jenni Byrne will be Ford’s principal secretary, according to four sources who spoke with iPolitics on condition of anonymity.

Byrne did not reply to a request for comment and neither did the party.


The job of principal secretary was dragged out of obscurity by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he appointed his advisor Gerald Butts to the job in 2015. One source said Byrne’s principal secretary role will be “substantive,” with staff reporting to her at the premier’s office.

Of the staff appointments that iPolitics has been told about, Byrne has the most extensive experience working in government. Her year’s on the federal scene are viewed by several sources as having a steadying force on the mostly rookie government. Ford’s chief of staff Dean French is a close ally to the premier-designate but hasn’t played a prominent role in political circles since the 1990s.

During the campaign, Byrne led the party’s field operations along with Fred DeLorey. They were responsible for targeting and delivering the swing ridings that the Tories needed in order to win government.

Under Harper, Byrne quickly rose through the ranks in the Prime Minister’s Office, ending her tenure in the deputy chief of staff job. She was also his federal campaign manager in 2011 and 2015.

Since Harper’s defeat in 2015 she has worked as the vice-president of strategic communications for Bayfield Strategy.


Of the former Harper Conservatives who joined Ford’s campaign team, Byrne appears to be the only one staying on. Sources say Kory Teneycke is returning to the private sector. The campaign’s war room manager and director of communications Melissa Lantsman is not staying on and neither is DeLorey.

Ford’s campaign director and leadership race manager, Michael Diamond, has also returned to the private sector.

Other senior positions are also filling up in the incoming premier’s office. Three sources say Mitch Davidson, who wrote much of Ford’s platform and was director of policy under former leader Patrick Brown, will hold the same position in government. A senior Tory source called the appointment a “solid choice” and described Davidson as someone who knows his files “very well.”

Andrew Kimber, who was second to Lantsman in the campaign’s war room, will be Ford’s director of issues management.

Multiple sources tell iPolitics that two Ford loyalists will fill the key roles of deputy chiefs of staff. Amin Massoudi has worked with the family since Ford and his late brother Rob were at Toronto city hall. Since then he has stuck close to Ford. Massoudi helped run his 2014 mayoral campaign, and was on the road with him for the Tory leadership race and the provincial election.

Ford’s other deputy chief of staff will be Simone Daniels. She is part of his transition team and played a role in logistics during the campaign. Prior to that she worked at the family’s label-making business and also worked with the Ford brothers at Toronto city hall.

Two of the sources said caucus was told about the staff appointments at the party’s first meeting on Tuesday.

The new government will be sworn in on June 29.

https://ipolitics.ca/2018/06/22/jenni-byrne-tapped-to-be-fords-principal-secretary-premiers-office-takes-shape/
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( it still hasn't been revealed who is in the cabinet yet but we should know soon )


Doug Ford set to officially become Ontario premier today

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Ontario premier-elect Doug Ford smiles as he enters the room to speak with the media after winning the Ontario Provincial election in Toronto, on Friday, June 8, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
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Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
Published Friday, June 29, 2018 7:49AM EDT



TORONTO -- Doug Ford is set to officially become the premier of Ontario today, weeks after leading his Progressive Conservatives to a sweeping victory in the provincial election.

Ford is scheduled to be sworn in this morning alongside his cabinet, which he has suggested will be smaller than it was under the outgoing Liberals.

The Progressive Conservative leader will then hold a second, public ceremony on the steps of the legislature, during which he is expected to reaffirm his oath of office and give a speech.


The Tories won a majority in this month's election, which also saw the outgoing Liberals reduced to seven seats and the NDP propelled to official Opposition status.

Ford, a former Toronto city councillor who took the reins of the party earlier this year, campaigned largely on a promise of fiscal responsibility, though he did not present a fully costed platform.

He has not yet said when he will recall the legislature but maintains he wants to start working on his plan for the province quickly and has already set the wheels in motion on several of his proposals.

He has vowed that his first move once the legislature resumes will be to scrap the cap-and-trade system -- an announcement that led to the cancellation of several green energy initiatives funded through the program.

Ford has also placed the public service under a hiring freeze, with the exception of essential frontline staff, and ordered that all discretionary spending such as meals for staff meetings be put on hold.

The Tories have also reached out to the group representing Ontario doctors to reopen contract negotiations rather than proceed to scheduled arbitration, saying they want to repair a relationship that soured under the previous regime.

During the election campaign, Ford promised to launch a line-by-line audit of government spending in order to eliminate waste, and said he will find billions in efficiencies each year without cutting jobs

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/doug-ford-set-to-officially-become-ontario-premier-today-1.3994031
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Who will be in Doug Ford's Cabinet ?

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