Wynne shuffles cabinet halfway through mandate to put fresh face on government

Durham, ON, Canada / channel12

Premier Kathleen Wynne has promoted several backbenchers to an expanded 30-seat Ontario cabinet.
But Tracy MacCharles — who bore the brunt of anger over changes to the province’s autism therapy programs — lost her job as minister of children and youth services.
She will now be minister without portfolio responsible for women’s issues and accessibility.
Glenn Thibeault — the former New Democrat M-P who ran as a Liberal in last year’s provincial byelection in Sudbury — was rewarded for crossing party lines with a promotion to the energy minister’s job.
The cabinet shakeup comes with just two years until the next election, as the Liberals begin implementing their 8.3 billion-dollar climate change action plan, a cap-and-trade scheme for polluters and a new Ontario pension plan.

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