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The Executive Council of Ontario (informally and more commonly, the Cabinet of Ontario) is the cabinet of the Canadian province of Ontario.


Almost always made up of members of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario the cabinet is similar in structure and role to the Cabinet of Canada while being smaller in size. As federal and provincial responsibilities differ there are a number of different portfolios between the federal and provincial governments.


The Ontario cabinet is selected by the Premier of Ontario and sworn in by the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. Most cabinet ministers are the head of a ministry, but this is not always the case.


Like at the federal level, the most important cabinet post after that of the leader is Minister of Finance. Today the next most powerful position is certainly the health portfolio which has a vast budget and is of central political import. Other powerful porfolios include Education and Energy.


Current Cabinet

The current cabinet has been in place since soon after the 2003 Ontario election with the formation of a government by the Ontario Liberal Party.

Portfolio Minister
Premier of Ontario
      and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
(List) Dalton McGuinty (2003-)
Deputy Premier of Ontario (List) vacant (2003-)
Minister of Agriculture and Food (List) Steve Peters (2003-)
Attorney General of Ontario,
      Minister responsible for Native Affairs,
      Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal
      and Deputy Government House Leader
(List) Michael Bryant (2003-)
Minister of Children and Youth Services (List) Marie Bountrogianni (2003-)
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (List) Marie Bountrogianni (2003-)
Minister of Community and Social Services
      and Minister responsible for Women's Issues
(List) Sandra Pupatello (2003-)
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services (List) Monte Kwinter (2003-)
Minister of Consumer and Business Services (List) Jim Watson (2003-)
Minister of Culture
      and Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs
(List) Madeleine Meilleur (2003-)
Minister of Economic Development and Trade (List) Joe Cordiano (2003-)
Minister of Education (List) Gerard Kennedy (2003-)
Minister of Energy
      and Government House Leader
(List) Dwight Duncan (2003-)
Minister of the Environment (List) Leona Dombrowsky (2003-)
Minister of Finance (List) Greg Sorbara (2003-)
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (List) George Smitherman (2003-)
Minister of Labour (List) Chris Bentley (2003-)
Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet (List) Gerry Phillips (2003-)
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
      and Minister responsible for Seniors
(List) John Gerretsen (2003-)
Minister of Natural Resources (List) David Ramsay (2003-)
Minister of Northern Development and Mines (List) Rick Bartolucci (2003-)
Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal (List) David Caplan (2003-)
Minister of Tourism and Recreation (List) Jim Bradley (2003-)
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities (List) Mary Anne Chambers (2003-)
Minister of Transportation (List) Harinder Takhar (2003-)

Former Ministries

  • Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (1994-2002)
  • Ministry of Children's Services (10/2003 - 03/2004)
  • Ministry of Citizenship (1987-1995; 2001-2003)
  • Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation (1995-2001)
  • Ministry of Colleges and Universities (1972-1993)
  • Ministry of Community, Family and Children's Services (2002-2003)
  • Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations (1972-2001)
  • Ministry of Correctional Services (1972-1993; 1999-2002)
  • Ministry of Culture and Communications (1987-1993)
  • Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation (1993-1995)
  • Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism (1995-1999)
  • Ministry of Education and Training (1993-1999)
  • Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology (1997-2002)
  • Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation (2002-2003)
  • Ministry of Environment and Energy (1993-1997)
  • Ministry of Financial Institutions (1986-1993)
  • Ministry of Government Services (1972-1993)
  • Ministry of Health (1972-1999)
  • Ministry of Housing (1973-1981; 1985-1995)
  • Ministry of Industry, Trade and Technology (1985-1993)
  • Ministry of Municipal Affairs (1985-1995)
  • Ministry of Public Safety and Security (2002-2003)
  • Ministry of Revenue (1972-1993)
  • Ministry of Skills Development (1985-1993)
  • Ministry of the Solicitor General (1972-1993; 1999-2002)
  • Ministry of the Solicitor General and Correctional Services (1993-1999)
  • Ministry of Tourism (1999-2001)
  • Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Recreation (2001-2002)
  • Ministry of Treasury and Economics (1978-1993)
  • Provincial Secretary (1867-1972)



  Results from FactBites:
 
Ontario - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2320 words)
Ontario is the most populous and second-largest in area of Canada's ten provinces.
Ontario is bounded on the north by Hudson Bay and James Bay, on the east by Quebec, on the west by Manitoba, and on the south by the American states of Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
Ontario's right to Northwestern Ontario was determined by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in 1884 and confirmed by the Canada (Ontario Boundary) Act, 1889 of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
Executive Council of Ontario - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (266 words)
Almost always made up of members of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, the cabinet is similar in structure and role to the Cabinet of Canada while being smaller in size.
The Ontario cabinet is selected by the Premier of Ontario and sworn in by the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario.
The cabinet was changed on October 12, 2005 due to the resignation of Greg Sorbara.
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