Ontario Premier Doug Ford is set to announce his new cabinet today, not long after an election victory that saw his Progressive Conservatives returned to power with a large majority.
The Tories won 83 out of the legislature’s 124 seats in the election earlier this month, providing Ford with dozens of potential cabinet picks.
His previous cabinet had 28 people, but there is some speculation he will name an even larger executive council.
Observers have suggested that Ford will look to increase regional representation, such as from Windsor and Hamilton, where the Progressive Conservatives won seats that had been long held by New Democrats.
One of the largest holes to fill is the health portfolio, since Christine Elliott, who served as health minister for the past four years, did not run again.
Sources indicated to CityNews that Ford is leaning towards longtime MPP and former Solicitor General Sylvia Jones as his next minister of health.
Multiple sources also informed CityNews that newly elected MPP Michael Ford, the Premier’s nephew, is likely to be given a cabinet post along with another first-time MPP, George Pirie.
Sources also say Stephen Lecce will return as Minister of Education, while Peter Bethlenfalvy will remain as Minister of Finance. Lisa MacLeod, however, is not expected to return to the cabinet.
The major education unions have already filed notices kickstarting the next round of contract negotiations.