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Executive Council of Ontario

The Ontario Cabinet of 1891. Clockwise, starting at centre foreground: O. Mowat, A.S. Hardy, J.M. Gibson, R. Harcourt, E.H. Bronson, J. Dryden, G.W. Ross, C.F. Fraser.

The Executive Council of Ontario (French: Conseil des ministres de l'Ontario), informally, and more commonly, the Cabinet of Ontario (French: Cabinet de l'Ontario), plays an important role in the Government of Ontario, in accordance with the Westminster system.

A council of ministers of the Crown chaired by the Premier of Ontario, the Executive Council, almost always made up of members of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, advises the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario on how to exercise the executive functions of the Ontario Crown. The members of the council are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor, on the advice of the Premier. Though the Lieutenant Governor does not generally attend council meetings, directives issued by the viceroy on the advice of his or her ministers are said to be ordered by the Governor-in-Council. Ministers hold the honorific prefix "The Honourable" while members of the council.

The cabinet is thus similar in structure and role to the federal Queen's Privy Council for Canada, though smaller in size, and, whereas the federal cabinet is actually a committee of the Queen's Privy Council, the Executive Council of Ontario and Cabinet of Ontario are one and the same. Also, unlike the Queen's Privy Council, members of the Ontario Executive Council are not appointed for life, and are not entitled to post-nominal letters due to their position.

Most cabinet ministers are the head of a ministry, but this is not always the case. The Lieutenant Governor, advised by the Premier, determines which portfolios will be created. It is then up to the new minister to organize his or her department, and to present legislation for the new ministry if none exists.

Current cabinetEdit

Doug Ford and his cabinet were sworn in by Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell on June 29, 2018, after the previous government of Kathleen Wynne was defeated in the general election of June 7, 2018. On November 2, 2018, Jim Wilson resigned and his portfolio was assigned to Todd Smith on an interim basis. There was a small cabinet shuffle on November 5, 2018, that gave Todd Smith, the portfolio full-time. The portfolio of Minister of Government and Consumer Services was then assigned to the newest member of the Executive Council, Bill Walker, previously the Chief Government Whip. This cabinet shuffle also included having Michael Tibollo and Sylvia Jones swap their respective portfolios, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The final piece to this cabinet shuffle saw Jeff Yurek swap portfolio with John Yakabuski.

On April 4, 2019, Sylvia Jones was sworn in as Solicitor General of Ontario.

On June 20, 2019, Premier Ford shuffled his cabinet, by making the following changes:

Minister Portfolio Since
Doug Ford Premier of Ontario 2018
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Christine Elliott Deputy Premier 2018
Minister of Health 2019
Michael Tibollo Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions 2019
Merrilee Fullerton Minister of Long-Term Care 2019
Rod Phillips Minister of Finance 2019
Vic Fedeli Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade 2019
Chair of Cabinet 2018
Prabmeet Sarkaria Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction 2019
Stephen Lecce Minister of Education 2019
Ross Romano Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities 2019
Todd Smith Minister of Children, Community and Social Services 2019
Paul Calandra Government House Leader 2019
Monte McNaughton Minister of Labour 2019
Lisa MacLeod Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport 2019
Jill Dunlop Associate Minister of Children and Women's Issues 2019
Raymond Cho Minister of Seniors and Accessibility 2018
John Yakabuski Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry 2018
Laurie Scott Minister of Infrastructure 2019
Greg Rickford Minister of Northern Development and Mines 2018
Minister of Energy
Minister of Indigenous Affairs
Sylvia Jones Solicitor General of Ontario 2019
Ernie Hardeman Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs 2018
Steve Clark Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing 2018
Jeff Yurek Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks 2019
Peter Bethlenfalvy President of the Treasury Board 2018
Bill Walker Associate Minister of Energy 2019
Lisa Thompson Minister of Government and Consumer Services 2019
Caroline Mulroney Minister of Transportation 2019
Minister of Francophone Affairs 2018
Kinga Surma Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA) 2019
Doug Downey Attorney General 2019

Former portfoliosEdit

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