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Todd Smith named Ontario’s Minister of Energy

MPP Todd Smith

Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith was sworn in as Ontario’s Minister of Energy today as Premier Doug Ford announced a cabinet shuffle.

The new role brings familiarity for Smith, who served as an Official Opposition critic on the energy file from 2015-2018.

“I know many of the players on the energy file already and I have a strong understanding of how Ontario’s legacy of bad policies like the Green Energy Act continue to be costly for ratepayers,” said Smith. “My top priority is to deliver energy more affordably and my background will allow me to get moving right away to find solutions.”

Smith moves into the role after serving as Minister of Children, Community and Social Services since June 2019.

“We’ve made tremendous progress in service delivery over the past two years, while weathering new challenges posed by this global pandemic,” said Smith. “I’m grateful for the collaboration with the families, stakeholder agencies and staff I’ve had the opportunity to work with and I believe that ministry is well positioned for more positive developments.”

In Ontario’s 42nd Parliament, Smith has also served as Government House Leader, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, and Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.

He said he’s looking forward to working with the newly assembled cabinet.

“Economic recovery is important for businesses and families in Bay of Quinte and across Ontario. We know that our policies have fostered strong growth in the past and we are up to the challenge to rebuild after the pandemic. I’m pleased to remain at the cabinet table and continue to work for my constituents,” said Smith.

Changes to the Executive Council include the following:

  • Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North, becomes Minister of Colleges and Universities.
  • Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata-Carleton, becomes Minister of Children, Community and Social Services.
  • Parm Gill, MPP for Milton, becomes Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism.
  • Rod Phillips, MPP for Ajax, becomes Minister of Long-Term Care.
  • Dave Piccini, MPP for Northumberland-Peterborough South, becomes Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.
  • Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora-Rainy River, assumes a merged role as Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry, as well as remains Minister of Indigenous Affairs. This new northern and economic focused ministry will enhance development potential and sustainability in the North. Energy will transfer to a new separate ministry.
  • Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, becomes Minister of Energy.
  • Rosario Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie, becomes Minister of Government and Consumer Services.
  • Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria, MPP for Brampton South, becomes President of the Treasury Board.
  • Kinga Surma, MPP for Etobicoke Centre, becomes Minister of Infrastructure.
  • Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron Bruce, becomes Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
  • Stan Cho, MPP for Willowdale, becomes Associate Minister of Transportation, reporting to Minister Mulroney.
  • Jane McKenna, MPP for Burlington, becomes Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues, reporting to Minister Fullerton.
  • Nina Tangri, MPP for Mississauga Streetsville, becomes Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, reporting to Minister Fedeli.
  • Kaleed Rasheed, MPP for Mississauga East-Cooksville, becomes Associate Minister of Digital Government, reporting to Minister Bethlenfalvy.

Peter Bethlenfalvy, MPP for Pickering-Uxbridge and Minister of Finance, will assume responsibility for Ontario’s digital government strategy within the Ministry of Finance.

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  1. Susan says:

    There is (on or before) June 2, 2022, less than a year away.

  2. Dennis Fox says:

    Ford moved around his cabinet in order to line things up for next year’s election – anyone in difficulty or who has become controversial was moved to a new post. For example, despite his promises, MPP Smith couldn’t solve the problem of autistic funding, nor MPP Fullerton with LTC deaths, additional PSWs, etc..

    I certainly hope there is an election coming.

  3. Dan says:

    Appointment consistent with Todd’s energetic personality. Wonderful

    Is there an election coming?

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