TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford is shuffling his cabinet, bringing back a minister who resigned last year after violating pandemic travel guidelines.
Rod Phillips, who left his role as finance minister after travelling to St. Barts in December, is back in cabinet as the new minister of long-term care.
He replaces Merrillee Fullerton, who is leaving the long-term care file to become minister of children, community and social services.
David Piccini becomes minister of environment, replacing Jeff Yurek, and Kinga Surma is replacing Laurie Scott as minister of infrastructure.
Jill Dunlop becomes minister of colleges and universities, as Sault Ste. Marie MPP, Ross Romano is moving to government and consumer services.
Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria is the new president of the treasury board, which has been split from the finance file, while Lisa Thompson replaces Ernie Hardeman in agriculture, food and rural affairs.
Health Minister Christine Elliott, Education Minister Steven Lecce, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, Attorney General Doug Downey and Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy remain in their prominent positions.
Meanwhile, John Yakabuski is out as minister of natural resources, as that file goes to Greg Rickford, who is taking on a merged file as minister of northern development, mining, natural resources and Forestry, as well as Indigenous affairs,
Todd Smith becomes minister of energy.