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Premier Ford Announces Parliamentary Assistant Assignments as Part of Ontario’s Government for the People

Note that Amanda Simard – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs – is a recent FOPL Board member!  Congratulations,

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2018/06/premier-ford-announces-parliamentary-assistant-assignments-as-part-of-ontarios-government-for-the-pe.html

Office of the Premier

TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford today announced Parliamentary Assistants each of whom will hold special responsibilities as part of Ontario’s Government for the People.

“We are fortunate to have an all-star government caucus team who have the talent and experience necessary to deliver real results for the people,” said Ford. “Our Parliamentary Assistants will each hold key accountabilities to ensure we deliver on the commitments we made to people, families and businesses across Ontario.”

The Parliamentary Assistant accountabilities are as follows:

  • Robert Bailey – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services
  • Toby Barrett – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Paul Calandra – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (Energy)
  • Stan Cho – Parliamentary Assistant to the President of the Treasury Board
  • Doug Downey – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance
  • Amy Fee – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children, Community, and Social Services (Children and Autism)
  • Christine Hogarth – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (Housing)
  • Belinda Karahalios – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children, Community, and Social Services (Community and Social Services)
  • Vincent Ke – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
  • Andrea Khanjin – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
  • Stephen Lecce – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure
  • Robin Martin – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (Health)
  • Gila Martow – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour
  • Jim McDonell – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (Municipal Affairs)
  • Norm Miller – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Sam Oosterhoff – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education
  • Lindsey Park – Parliamentary Assistant to the Attorney General
  • Michael Parsa – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (Small Business)
  • Randy Pettapiece – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • David Piccini – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
  • Ross Romano – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (Northern Development and Mines) and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Indigenous Affairs
  • Prabmeet Sarkaria – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
  • Amanda Simard – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs
  • Donna Skelly – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade (Trade)
  • Kinga Surma – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation
  • Effie Triantafilopoulos – Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (Long-Term Care)

Parliamentary Assistants support ministers with legislative and committee matters, including special projects and assignments that require dedicated leadership. They also play a key role in building relationships and communicating government initiatives across the province.

“We have the right team and the right plan in place to deliver on our commitments to put more money in your pocket, clean up the hydro mess, protect and create good jobs, restore accountability, and cut hospital wait times across Ontario,” said Ford. “Today our message to everyone in Ontario is clear: Help is here.”