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Former law school dean named to Ontario cabinet

Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:38 AM | By Carolyn Gruske

Nathalie Des Rosiers, the MPP for Ottawa-Vanier, and the former dean of the faculty of law-common law at the University of Ottawa, is now Ontario’s minister of natural resources.

Des Rosiers was added to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cabinet after what is being seen as a pre-election shuffle. Des Rosiers is also known for her work as general counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and for serving as the president of the Law Commission of Canada.

Former television journalist Daiene Vernile (Kitchener-Centre), was also a new addition. She is now the minister of tourism, culture and sport.

Harinder Malhi (Brampton-Springdale), the third new cabinet member, has been named the minister of the status of women. 

Other changes to the cabinet include:

  • Mitzie Hunter (Scarborough-Guildwood) becomes the minister of advanced education and skills development
  • Eleanor McMahon (Burlington) is the new president of the Treasury Board and minister responsible for digital government
  • Kathryn McGarry (Cambridge) was named minister of transportation
  • Indira Naidoo-Harris (Halton) becomes minister of education and remains minister responsible for early years and child care
  • Steven Del Duca (Vaughan) is now minister of economic development and growth
  • Dr. Helena Jaczek (Oak Ridges-Markham) adds the chair of cabinet to her duties as minister of community and social services.

“I am thrilled to have three new ministers joining cabinet for 2018. The knowledge and skills they bring to these roles will be crucial as we continue our work to create more fairness and opportunity for the people of Ontario,” said Wynne.

“In a changing economy, our plan is about making sure everyone has a fair shot at getting ahead. That’s why it is also important to me that this updated cabinet continues to reflect both the diversity and the geography of our province. I am deeply grateful to our outgoing ministers — Deb Matthews, Liz Sandals and Brad Duguid — for their commitment to the people of Ontario and for all they have contributed at the cabinet table over the years. And I am pleased they will all be staying on as MPPs, continuing to dedicate themselves to their constituents and to the work of this government.”