QUEEN'S PARK, Ont. - Brad Clark, MPP Stoney Creek, has replaced David Turnbull as the new Minister of Transportation for Ontario after a cabinet shuffle that rewarded ultra-conservative members of cau...
QUEEN’S PARK, Ont. – Brad Clark, MPP Stoney Creek, has replaced David Turnbull as the new Minister of Transportation for Ontario after a cabinet shuffle that rewarded ultra-conservative members of caucus.
“The Premier called me late yesterday (on the eve of the announcement) – after I caught my breath – I said yes right away,” Clark told Truck News just hours after he was sworn in as the new minister. “Transportation is a key ministry in the province … We’ll be looking to ensure we have the safest roads and best infrastructure possible for Ontario.”
First elected to the Ontario Legislature on June 3, 1999, Clark was appointed assistant deputy government whip in October of that year.
In March 2000, he then was appointed parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Health, Elizabeth Witmer.
As Parliamentary Assistant, Clark spearheaded the government’s mental health reforms, which culminated in the passage of Brian’s Law (Bill 68) in June 2000 with all-party support in the Legislature.
“This is a big promotion,” says Clark. “I’m eager to sit down with all of the industry’s stakeholders.”
A native of Hamilton, Clark has called Stoney Creek home for the past nine years. During that time, he has become a well-known and respected community activist, dedicated to safeguarding public health, protecting the environment, and promoting democratic reform.
Formerly the executive director of the Songwriters Association of Canada, Brad has over 13 years of executive management experience in the cultural and charitable sector.
Clark has also owned and operated his own small business: a photography studio.
At the same time, the previous transport minister, Turnbull, has been bumped over to the office of the Solicitor-General replacing David Tsubouchi.
Another former transport boss, Tony Clement, has been handed the post of Economic Development and Trade. He takes over from Al Palladini, who resigned his cabinet position due to a messy divorce. n
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