Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s new cabinet to be sworn in Friday

Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s new cabinet will be sworn in on Friday.

The ceremony was set to start at 10 a.m., followed by remarks by the premier.

Invitations have gone out to guests, but a senior government source says the premier has not yet made the calls to new cabinet ministers to inform them of their new posts.

Ford’s previous cabinet had 28 people in it, but he has a much larger caucus to choose from this time, with 83 Tories elected earlier this month.

That’s leading to some speculation that Ford will increase the size of his cabinet, perhaps by breaking up larger ministries into more focused portfolios.

Health and education will be two important jobs for Ford to fill, both as the two largest ministries and with the government planning billions in hospital infrastructure spending and teacher negotiations on the horizon.

Based on the focus of the Progressive Conservatives’ budget — that was introduced but not passed before the election and stood as their platform — ministries overseeing transportation and infrastructure will also be important to the premier.

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