Doug Ford shuffling cabinet Thursday amid sagging poll results

Written by Punita V

Published on : June 20, 2019 5:34

Ontario Premier Doug Ford will shuffle his cabinet on Thursday, following a series of poor polls barely a year into his Progressive Conservative government’s mandate.

A swearing-in ceremony for the new ministers is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the lieutenant governor’s suite at Queen’s Park, to be followed by a photo opportunity in the cabinet room and a news conference.

Rumours that Ford would shuffle his cabinet have been swirling for two weeks. Multiple PC sources tell CBC News they expect the shuffle to be significant, with more than half of the current ministers on the move.

“It is a signal that we’re entering a new stage in our government’s mandate, and you’ll see that we’ve listened,” said a PC source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“We have a lot of talent in our caucus, and the premier will only benefit from putting some of his very capable ministers in the forefront,” said the source. “We made a lot of big moves in the first year. We’ll continue to move on our core commitment of delivering for the people.”