After winning the majority vote on June 7, Doug Ford has been sworn in as Ontario’s 26th premier at Queen’s Park.
Ford joined thousands of guests at Ontario’s legislature Friday morning, as the province’s “Government for the People” was sworn-in.
“I will never forget why I’m here: to work for the people of Ontario,” said Ford.
“I promised the people that I would help make our great province the best place in North America when it comes to business, creating jobs and raising a family. And I am going to keep my promise.”
The Premier-Designate met with The Honourable Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell to present his recommendations for Ontario’s Executive Council.
The rest of the new government will be officially sworn-in and announced in a public ceremony at Queen’s Park Friday afternoon.
The new ministers are as follows:
- Peter Bethlenfalvy – President of the Treasury Board
- Raymond Cho – Minister for Seniors and Accessibility
- Steve Clark – Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
- Christine Elliott – Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Deputy Premier
- Victor Fedeli – Minister of Finance and Chair of Cabinet
- Doug Ford – Premier and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
- Merrilee Fullerton – Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
- Ernie Hardeman – Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
- Sylvia Jones – Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
- Lisa MacLeod – Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues
- Monte McNaughton – Minister of Infrastructure
- Caroline Mulroney – Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs
- Rod Phillips – Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
- Greg Rickford – Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs
- Laurie Scott – Minister of Labour
- Todd Smith – Minister of Government and Consumer Services, and Government House Leader
- Lisa Thompson – Minister of Education
- Michael Tibollo – Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
- Jim Wilson – Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
- John Yakabuski – Minister of Transportation
- Jeff Yurek – Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
“We have an all-star team that’s ready right now to give the people of Ontario the kind of leadership and direction they deserve,” said Ford.
“For too long, the people of Ontario have worked more and paid more, but gotten less. Those days are over. Help is here.”
After leading the Progressive Conservative Party to a sweeping victory and winning 76 seats in the provincial election earlier this month, Ford takes office with a strong majority.
His first official order business following being sworn-in is to cancel Ontario’s cap and trade program to reduce carbon emissions.