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Mulroney dropped as Ontario AG in cabinet shuffle

Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 3:28 PM | By John Chunn

Caroline Mulroney is out as attorney general and Doug Downey is in after Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a major cabinet shakeup on June 20.

Mulroney is now minister of Transportation and minister of Francophone Affairs.

She was moved out of her senior portfolio after the Ford government faced criticism from many members of the bar for its 30 per cent cut to Legal Aid Ontario funding in its April 11 budget.

Downey is a first-time MPP from Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte. He’s a former city councillor in Orillia, Ont.

He is an experienced real estate lawyer and is designated as a specialist in real estate law by the Law Society of Ontario. He managed a very high volume of real estate transactions and handled complex residential and commercial transactions.

He has a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University, an MA specializing in judicial administration from Brock University, a law degree from Dalhousie University and a master of laws in municipal and development law through Osgoode Hall Law School.

The biggest demotion was that of Vic Fedeli, who lost the Finance portfolio and is now minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and chairman of the cabinet. Rod Phillips, who had been in charge of the Environment portfolio, is the new Finance minister.

Another minister demoted is Education Minister Lisa Thompson who takes over as minister of Government and Consumer Services. MPP Stephen Lecce is her replacement.