Jim Merriam, Toronto Sun
The only good thing about the bloated provincial cabinet unveiled this week by rookie Premier Kathleen Wynne is the fact that “rural affairs” has been split from the agriculture portfolio. Jeff Leal, MPP for Peterborough, becomes minister of rural affairs and, as we all know, Wynne will add the agriculture portfolio to her duties as premier.
Obviously the new premier doesn’t subscribe to the philosophy about leaner being meaner and therefore more efficient, since she added five ministers to cabinet in her first official act as premier. Total cabinet membership is 27. Some of these additions may be part of the reward system Wynne put in place for those who supported her candidacy for the Liberal leadership.
Otherwise, it’s difficult to understand how five more cabinet ministers will help Ontario get its financial house in order — to say nothing about regaining credibility. Chief beneficiary of the aforementioned reward system was Deb Matthews, who is now deputy premier as well as minister of health. Matthews was with Wynne all the way in the leadership contest and will continue to help try to pull enough rabbits out of the hat to keep the Liberal party in power. Read article