The New Minster of Tourism, Culture and Sport is Lisa MacLeod

And yes this is our 4th Minister in 18 months on the first anniversary of the Ford government’s win.

Ford demotes Fedeli, Thompson, Fullerton, and MacLeod as he scrambles to reboot Tory government with massive shuffle

“Scrambling to reboot his sputtering government, Premier Doug Ford is replacing Vic Fedeli with Rod Phillips at Finance and demoting other under-performing ministers in a massive cabinet shuffle.

Ford, whose poll numbers have been in a tailspin since Fedeli’s April 11 budget unveiled a slew of unpopular cuts, shook up his executive council Thursday, installing cabinet newcomer Stephen Lecce at Education in place of Lisa Thompson.

Lecce (King-Vaughan) is one of seven new faces in cabinet, which has ballooned by 33 per cent from 21 ministers to 28, including Ford.

Fedeli has been downgraded to Economic Development, a stunning rebuke for the affable Nipissing MPP who was interim Progressive Conservative leader until Ford took over in March 2018.

Caroline Mulroney, who had been attorney general, has been moved to transportation, succeeding Jeff Yurek, who takes over Phillips old role at Environment. Doug Downey is the new attorney general.

Mulroney will be assisted by an associate minister Kinga Surma, the first-term Etobicoke Centre MPP and long-time Ford friend.

Thompson — now minister of government services — had raised the ire of school boards, teachers’ unions, parents, and students during her tumultuous tenure at Education.

Similarly, Merrilee Fullerton, a disappointment at Training, Colleges and Universities, has been relegated to minister of long-term care. Her replacement is Ross Romano, the Sault Ste. Marie MPP and another cabinet newcomer.

Fullerton had been castigated for not meeting with university presidents, student leaders or other stakeholders as she presided over cuts to tuition assistance programs.

Lisa MacLeod, who Ford had expressed disappointment in for her handling of the funding of autism services, has been made minister of tourism, culture, and sport.”

“Staying put are Deputy Premier and Health Minister Christine Elliott, Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy, Seniors Minister Raymond Cho, Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman, and Energy Minister Greg Rickford.

Newcomers include Government House Leader Paul Calandra.

Laurie Scott, now infrastructure minister, swaps with Monte MacNaughton, now labour minister.

Other new associate ministers are Jill Dunlop and Prabmeet Sarkaria.”