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Peter Bethlenfalvy returns to Queen’s Park as Finance Minister

DAN CEARNS, The Standard

UXBRIDGE: Pickering-Uxbridge MPP Peter Bethlenfalvy has been named Ontario’s Finance Minister once again.

On Friday, June 24th, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his cabinet members were sworn in and announced during a livestreamed ceremony.

Mr. Bethlenfalvy had previously served as Finance Minister in the provincial government’s last term of office. He was appointed to the role in December of 2020, after the resignation of Rod Phillips from the cabinet position.

“I want to thank Premier Ford for putting his faith in me with my re-appointment as Minister of Finance. I look forward to continuing to serve in this portfolio, to get it done for the people of Ontario,” a statement from Mr. Bethlenfalvy read.

Some of the other cabinet role positions announced included: Sylvia Jones as Minister of Health and Deputy Premier, Michael Ford as Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism, Parm Gill as Minister of Red Tape Reduction and the return of Stephen Lecce to the role of Minister of Education.

In his closing remarks, Premier Ford said, now that cabinet members have been named and sworn in, “now is the time to unite. Now is the time to work together.”

“This is a government [which] must represent everyone,” the Premier said.

He also noted, one of the biggest challenges facing this government moving forward will be the “uncertain global economic climate.”

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