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Mulroney named Ontario’s third transportation minister in a year

Caroline Mulroney, Ontario Transportation Minister

TORONTO, Ont. – Caroline Mulroney – a lawyer and one-time contender for the leadership of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative party – has been named minister of transportation in a cabinet shuffle by Premier Doug Ford.

She will hold a dual role as minister of francophone affairs.

This makes her the third person to oversee the transportation portfolio in just a year.

Mulroney replaces Jeff Yurek, who takes on the role as minister of the environment. Departing Environment Minister Rod Phillips, who had played a central role in the province’s fight against the federal carbon tax, is promoted to the role of finance minister.

Prior to the shuffle, Mulroney was attorney general of Ontario. She is also the daughter of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

The first transportation minister under the Ford government was John Yakabuski.

Kinga Surma is named an associate minister of transportation for the Greater Toronto Area.

  • An earlier version of this article has been updated to reflect Premier Doug Ford’s name. The late Rob Ford was the former mayor of Toronto. Truck News regrets the error.

John G Smith

John G Smith

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Canadian Shipper, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.
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6 Comments » for Mulroney named Ontario’s third transportation minister in a year
  1. William Paul says:

    This reminds me of Mike Harris appointing Al Paladini, because he sold cars! And a drop out as education minister! Makes no sense at all.

  2. TJ Logie says:

    She didn’t do well as Attorney- General even though she has a Law Degree. How is she going to do in this Ministry without any knowledge of the Industry?

  3. Peaceful Inhabitant says:

    I wonder if she will be accepting liability for past and future improprieties regaurding the roles she plays

  4. Stephen Webster says:

    She is not listening to the concerns of small trucking companies and truck drivers. I sent information to the other two transport ministers about problems with some members of the OTA and treatment of drivers. Nothing happened. Both offices said they needed more time to study and get back to me.

  5. Frances Bowles says:

    The MTO is so unresponsive. Medical suspension…file the paperwork they ask for and you can wait for years. You can’t even talk to the person handling your file. She needs to overhaul this antiquated department. How can they hold your life in your hands and not speak with you during the process.

  6. Elaine Hartwick says:

    Her department is blocking ofsc trails that are on mto property, I would have thought mto property belonged to tax payers, and I guess her department has no concept of the amount of money generated by the snowmobile industry.

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