Yesterday, Premier Wynne unveiled her new 30-member cabinet at Queen’s Park. Although many ministers remain in their previous positions, the cabinet shuffle is highlighted by new ministers and ministries.
Notably for real estate in Ontario, Ottawa-Orleans MPP Marie-France Lalonde was appointed Minister of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS). OREA works closely with MGCS since it is responsible for the Real Estate and Brokers Act, 2002 (REBBA). OREA has an excellent relationship with MGCS, and we look forward to working with Minister Lalonde. The Ministry was previously held by the Honourable David Orazietti. OREA would like to wish him all the best in his new role as Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing was split, and now has two new ministers. Newmarket MPP Chris Ballard was appointed the Minister of Housing, while Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro takes over as Minister of Municipal Affairs. OREA would like to congratulate both ministers on their new roles, and we look forward to working with them. OREA would also like to thank the Honourable Ted McMeekin for his public service, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
The Ministry of Energy will be led by the new Minister Glenn Thibeault. OREA looks forward to working with the new minister on important REALTOR® issues such as home energy audits. OREA would also like to congratulate the outgoing Minister, Bob Chiarelli, on his new role within the stand-alone Ministry of Infrastructure.
Although there were numerous changes in cabinet, many ministers will remain in their previous position. At least twelve ministers are keeping the same portfolio as they had prior to the shuffle, including the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray. Other ministers who will remain in their positions include the Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa; Minister of Labour, Kevin Flynn; Minister of Health, Eric Hoskins; and Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca.
In the coming weeks OREA will be profiling some of the new ministers whose ministries work closely with OREA on important REALTOR® issues.