McGuinty shakes up cabinet

Leaves Caplan at health ministry despite scandal

Dalton McGuinty is shuffling his cabinet, but sources say the Ontario premier is standing by his man and keeping David Caplan on as health minister.

The opposition parties have been demanding Caplan’s resignation because of a spending and expenses scandal at eHealth Ontario.

That controversy has already claimed the top two officials at the provincial agency, but McGuinty is not taking advantage of the shuffle to move Caplan into another portfolio.

The recent resignation of Michael Bryant as economic development minister left a hole on the Liberal front benches, forcing McGuinty to act now so ministers could get up to speed on their new duties this summer.

The Canadian Press has learned McGuinty opted for some minor changes involving only six ministers, and hasn’t demoted anyone or promoted any backbenchers.

Instead, he altered the size of some ministries and switched some responsibilities from one portfolio to another.

Sandra Pupatello merges her trade portfolio with economic development, and takes on responsibilities for small business.

John Milloy will stay on as minister of training, colleges and universities, but takes on double duty as minister of research and innovation.

John Wilkinson moves from the research ministry to revenue, which is becoming a stand-alone ministry again while the province merges its sales tax with the federal goods and services tax.

Michael Gravelle will add forestry to his northern development and mines ministry.

Government Services Minister Ted McMeekin will swap jobs with Harinder Takhar, which means he’ll take over a downsized consumer services ministry.

– The Canadian Press