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Charles Sousa to remain as finance minister in revamped Liberal cabinet

When Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne unveils her revamped cabinet on Tuesday there will be a familiar face holding the chequebook


When Premier Kathleen Wynne unveils her revamped cabinet on Tuesday there will be a familiar face holding the chequebook.

Finance Minister Charles Sousa will continue on in his role at the treasury.

Sousa is to reintroduce his May 1 budget next month — the Liberals are not even bothering to print new copies of the spending plan and will recycle the old books.

That spring budget did not pass because Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said they couldn’t support it, forcing the then minority Grits to pull the plug on the legislature.

With Wynne’s Liberals taking 58 seats in the 107-member house — to 28 for the Tories and 21 for the New Democrats — she can move quickly to implement the $130.4 billion plan with its $12.5 billion deficit.

Sousa’s fiscal blueprint will increase taxes on Ontario’s top 2 per cent of income earners — or 220,000 people making $150,000 and up — and launch a new provincial pension plan.

In an interview Tuesday, Wynne was coy about other moves in her cabinet.

“I have a lot of talented people in my caucus. There may be some changes within and you may see some new people in. There are some spaces,” the premier said.

That’s a reference to the departure of Children and Youth Services Minister Teresa Piruzza, who lost her seat June 12, and former ministers John Milloy and John Gerretsen, who did not run.

Wynne told the Toronto Star her 16 rookie MPPs should not expect ministerial posts right away.

“My belief is that it is very valuable as a new MPP to have the opportunity to do committee work, to get to understand how government works,” she said.

“I benefitted from that and I’ve watched since 2003 and I think people do benefit from that.”

Sources says Wynne will no longer serve as her own agriculture minister and that former minister and one-time leadership rival Harinder Takhar won’t be returning to cabinet.

Toronto Star

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