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Cabinet shuffle expected at Queen’s Park Thursday
Web Staff, CP24.com
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 6:17PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, June 19, 2019 10:05PM EDT
Premier Doug Ford is planning a major shuffle of his cabinet amid sagging poll numbers.
CTV News Toronto has learned that the shuffle will be announced at Queen’s Park on Thursday morning.
Asked earlier this month about the possibility that he might move some ministers to different posts, Ford said he had “the best cabinet this province has ever seen” and said he would not speculate on a possible shuffle.
A release sent out to members of the media Wednesday evening invited reporters to attend a ceremony at cabinet set to be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. According to the release, the ceremony will be attended by Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell and the premier will hold a media availability afterward.
Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party has been plagued by sagging poll numbers in recent months in the wake of a backlash over autism funding, increased class sizes, funding for municipalities and other moves that have angered voters.
Ford last shuffled his cabinet in November 2018 following the resignation of Jim Wilson, who left to seek treatment for addiction issues.