This afternoon Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Cabinet Ministers were sworn in.

The Cabinet is somewhat larger, 27 Ministers of which 20 are new to their portfolios.  The Cabinet is listed below and many have a relationship with municipal government.  Of particular note are the creation of the Ministry of Rural Affairs and the expansion of the Ministry of Economic Development Trade to also include Employment.

Municipal governments want to pursue policy work that means we can deliver quality services while keeping an eye to costs.  AMO looks forward to discussions with Premier Wynne and her Cabinet in pursuing shared goals.  Fiscal capacity for municipal governments will be crucial for addressing current pressures and challenges, and evaluating new policies and programs to make certain that Ontario’s municipal governments are able to continue delivering the services that our residents rely on every day and hour.  AMO’s congratulatory notes and highlights of our key policy interests are being sent to specific Ministers tomorrow as they begin getting briefed on their portfolios.


Kathleen Wynne   Premier and Minister of Agriculture
Deborah Matthews  Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Linda Jeffrey Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Chair of Cabinet
Charles Sousa Minister of Finance
Jim Bradley Minister of Environment
Laurel Broten  Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Women’s Issues
Michael Chan  Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Bob Chiarelli  Minister of Energy
Brad Duguid Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities 
John Gerretsen Attorney General
Michael Gravelle Minister of Northern Development and Mines
Eric Hoskins Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment
Jeff Leal Minister of Rural Affairs
Ted McMeekin Minister of Community and Social Services
Tracy MacCharles  Minister of Consumer Service
Madeleine Meilleur Minister of Community Safety and Corrections and Francophone Affairs 
John Milloy  Government House Leader
Reza Moridi Minister of Research and Innovation
Glen Murray Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation
Yasir Naqvi  Minister of Labour
David Orazietti  Minister of Natural Resources
Teresa Piruzza   Minister of Children and Youth Services
Liz Sandals Minister of Education
Mario Sergio Minister Responsible for Seniors
Harinder Takhar Minister of Government Services
David Zimmer Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
Michael Coteau Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

All municipalities: urban and rural; northern and southern; large and small; have challenges in offering services to their residents that create strong local communities and economies which are the building blocks of our province and the foundations of a modern economy.  To support these communities, effective tools are needed that support the diverse range of municipal circumstances.  These include: the permanent and predictable funding of transit and roads and bridges by all three orders of government; increasing the accountability and transparency of arbitrators in emergency services settlements; job creation that supports all parts of Ontario; as well as shared objectives for human services, clean water, waste diversion and affordable housing among other matters.  Fiscal sustainability for both the Province and municipal governments is part of a bigger conversation as we look to the future and how we grow, socially and economically and manage the future opportunities together.

The Throne Speech which will lay out the priorities of Premier Wynne and her government is expected on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.  AMO will provide members with an analysis of the Throne Speech content and its implications for municipal government shortly after its release.
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