Liz Sandals is out as Ontario’s Education Minister.
In a cabinet shuffle this morning, Premier Kathleen Wynne handed the education portfolio to Mitzie Hunter.
Sandals becomes President of the Treasury Board.
Former New Democrat MP Glenn Thibeault is Ontario’s new energy minister.
Thibeault was lured from the NDP by Wynne to run as a provincial Liberal in a 2015 byelection in Sudbury, and got his reward today.
5 other new faces were promoted to cabinet, including Eleanor McMahon in Tourism, Culture and Sport; Kathryn McGarry in Natural Resources and Forestry; Marie-France Lalonde in Consumer Services; and Indira Naidoo-Harris as associate minister of finance.
Michael Chan moves from Citizenship and Immigration to the new Ministry of International Trade, while Yasir Naqvi will become attorney general.
Wynne says 40 per cent of the cabinet is women, and defends expanding the size of her executive council, insisting the new ministries are needed to implement key parts of the Liberal agenda.