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UPDATE: SOURCES: Changes being made to provincial cabinet

Some MPPs will keep their portfolios, but premier Kathleen Wynne has made some changes.

As ministers and MPPs prepare to be sworn in on Tuesday, Newstalk 1010 has learned that changes are being made to the provincial cabinet.

A well-placed source says the Liberal government is focusing on putting an emphasis on the government's priorities.

Transportation is being made into its own ministry and goes to a new face to cabinet, Steven Del Duca. Infrastructure will merge with Economic Development.

There will be a new Associate Minister of Finance superficially in charge of an Ontario-based pension plan. It goes to another cabinet rookie - Mitzie Hunter.

Deb Matthews will remain as deputy premier but she will move to head up the Treasury Board. Dr. Eric Hoskins is expected to take on her role as health minister.

Michael Coteau and Michael Chan are expected to swap roles - Coteau in charge of Tourism, Culture and Sport, as well as Pan Am. Chan would be Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

The premier will no longer be Agriculture Minister, which gets lumped into Rural Affairs.

Some of the portfolios that will remain the same: Charles Sousa will still be Finance Minister, Liz Sandals will be Education Minister, and Bob Chiarelli will stay on at Energy.

Kevin Flynn will stay on as Labour Minister and Yasir Naqvi will continue to be Minister of Community Safety and Correctional services.

Glen Murray will stay in cabinet but in a new role.

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  1. Fact Provider posted on 06/23/2014 07:52 PM
    At the risk of not being 100% correct I'm about to go out on a limb and say that the new Rural and Agriculture Minister will be Lou Rinaldi from Eastern Ontario - one of the "surprise ridings I forecast before the election.
  2. dean posted on 06/23/2014 08:40 PM
    if you take a bunch of Lieberals and put them all in a cocktail glass and shake em up, what do u get? A bunch of mixed up Lieberals.

    God help this province and the next four years of Hades for this province.
    1. Boo Hoo posted on 06/24/2014 07:49 AM
      @dean Get over it, Dean. They won.
  3. Ernie posted on 06/24/2014 12:35 AM
    glad to see that Mr. useless Murray is out as transportation minister. The man doesnt drive. WTF does he know about roads!
    1. Frankie posted on 06/24/2014 08:45 AM
      @Ernie About as useless as Olivia Chow was as NDP Transportation critic, while tooling around on her bicycle with a flower in the basket. She thinks that makes her knowledgable re transportation as potential mayor
  4. Frankie posted on 06/24/2014 08:48 AM
    I didn't vote Liberal however since their history, especially under McGuinty was to lie lie lie, I'm hoping they've lied to all the unions they promised to give money to and will be fiscally responsible. I also hope they don't go through with the pension plan as that'd be a huge mistake. CPP is fine the way it is.
  5. Karl Burgin posted on 06/24/2014 10:20 AM
    Wow....so now we put the person who failed at ORNGE in charge of Treasury.
    I don't know whether to laugh because the entire thing is so ridiculous, or to cry at what lies ahead in the future.
    1. Karl Burgin's Neighbour posted on 06/24/2014 11:50 AM
      @Karl Burgin You mean the ORNGE mess created by the Harris fools ??
  6. Karl Burgin posted on 06/24/2014 10:21 AM
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  7. AC posted on 06/24/2014 10:40 AM
    there there conservatives! it will be ok. let me rock you back to sleep for about 8 yrs.
    boo bee boo cuutchie koo bee. buga boo. "rock a by conservative rock a by idiots"
    here take the pacifier. here you go that's it. suck on it you feel better. suck! suck! boo bee boo
    1. john posted on 06/24/2014 12:17 PM
      @AC man talk about egotism . u got to stop talking about yourself like that . that will not get u in with the ladies with that attitude .
    2. The capability for rational thought posted on 06/24/2014 12:45 PM
      @AC A+ for discussion skills, well done. You have perfectly responded to every valid concern about the twelve years of incompetence and waste demonstrated by first McGuinty's Liberals, then Wynne's. Your gold star will arrive in the mail in 6-8 business days.
  8. Jack posted on 06/24/2014 12:33 PM
    I love how clueless the Liberal mouthpieces like AC are about what the election results mean. They try to make it sound like conservative-minded Ontarians are crying over getting a different flavour of ice cream than the one they ordered.

    What happened was, we had a choice between a plan that would probably have saved Ontario's economy, and a plan that had no possible outcome but making it worse. And the majority of Ontario chose the wrong plan with a smile on their face.

    Under Wynne, hydro is going to eat an even larger part of every company's profits with no added benefit. Under Wynne, hiring a new employee carries a tax in the form of the forced pension contribution that will make that person just a little less valuable to the company. Under Wynne, everyone gets to take home less of their pay and loses more of what they do keep to hydro, meaning less available money to spend and keep the economy going.

    That's why conservatives in Ontario are upset; because we're all in the same boat, and you're committed to drilling holes in it.
    1. john posted on 06/24/2014 12:59 PM
      @Jack with C4 charges .
    2. Ultimate Insider posted on 06/24/2014 01:35 PM
      @Jack You must really hate being associated with Hudak and his merry band of nitwits.

      Oh, wait ... no you don't.

      You're a Tea party Con who hasn't read much in his life and thinks that slash and burn mixed with bad mathematics makes for good government under a leader who had to pack his lunch in a road map in order to find his way home at night.

      Bitter pill being so completely wrong is it ??
  9. Alex posted on 06/24/2014 02:04 PM
    Obviously we can't defend the glory of the Liberal platform to a couple of wop contards like you, since you're too preoccupied with bullshit like "logic" and "economics" to see the bigger picture.

    The Liberals aren't TRYING to create jobs, because we don't NEED jobs. Jobs are bad for us, jobs are evil; all jobs do is enslave us to the greed and evil of Big Business. What Wynne is trying to do is more noble than that: she wants to cleanse the evils of business an employment from our province forever.

    The Liberal dream is an Ontario where half of us work for the province and the other half collect welfare, like me. Nobody being forced to work for a living, or at least not work very hard; just free money with no effort, forever, with no downsides or consequences.

    Not that I expect fascist pigs like you guys to understand something as magical and pure as that.
  10. Jack posted on 06/24/2014 02:13 PM
    Since Ultimate Insider is having more fun behaving like a child than answering questions, here's an open invitation: Can anyone, anyone at all, provide a defense of the Liberal party's platform of soaring hydro rates and penalizing businesses for each employee they hire?

    Note that attacking the opposition is not a defense; I'm looking for any reason, no matter how flimsy, that the Liberal platform is good on it's own merits.
    1. Ultimate Insider posted on 06/24/2014 02:29 PM
      @Jack Quick answer to "I'm looking for any reason, no matter how flimsy, that the Liberal platform is good on it's own merits.":

      It isn't the Tea Party stupidity of Hudak the fool.

      No other takers I see.
      It isn't the difficlty of the question, Jack ... it's the futility of trying to explain it to an embittered Contard like yourself.
    2. Jack posted on 06/24/2014 02:29 PM
      @Jack 15 minutes and not one person actually defending the platform. I guess that's not too strange; the Liberals themselves didn't defend themselves once in forty days.
  11. Karl Burgin posted on 06/24/2014 02:21 PM
    FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS
    1. Jack posted on 06/24/2014 02:28 PM
      @Karl Burgin As always Donny, your contributions to the conversation are meaningful dialogue. Have a cookie.
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