Sylvia Jones front runner for health minister: sources

Premier Doug Ford appears to be leaning towards Sylvia Jones as the new Minister of Health, sources tell CityNews.

Jones, an MPP since 2007, was previously Solicitor General and played a key role in the government’s response during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health portfolio is considered the biggest role to fill following the departure of Christine Elliott, who chose not to run again in the June 2 election.

Multiple sources also tell CityNews that newly elected MPP Michael Ford, the Premier’s nephew, is likely to be given a cabinet post.

As well, newly elected PC MPP George Pirie (Timmins) is in line to be given a cabinet position.

While Ford denied on Tuesday he plans to break up the health portfolio, there does appear to be changes coming in other ministries. Sources tell CityNews that the Ministry of Colleges may be folded into the Ministry of Labour, where Monte McNaughton is expected to remain as minister. It’s also believed mining may be given its own separate portfolio.

Sources also say Stephen Lecce will return as Minister of Education, while Peter Bethlenfalvy will remain as Minister of Finance while Lisa MacLeod is not expected to return to cabinet.

Premier Ford will swear in his new cabinet at 11:15 a.m. Friday in a ceremony that was moved from inside Queen’s Park to outside in front of the legislature building.

CityNews will have full coverage of the ceremony.

Files from Cynthia Mulligan were used in this report

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