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Official statements welcoming new Premier, Cabinet Ministers

Statement by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath:

“On behalf of Ontario New Democrats I want to congratulate Premier Wynne on her swearing in, and the new members of cabinet.

The Legislature will be returning in just over a week, and I look forward to getting back to work and delivering some real positive results for the people who elected us. Last week I wrote a letter to Premier Wynne, setting out achievable, affordable goals that will create and protect jobs, strengthen our healthcare system and make life a little more affordable.  My team and I are ready to roll up our sleeves and make life better for the people who sent us here.”


Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) Sam Hammond welcomes Liz Sandals as Minister of Education:

“We want to congratulate the new minister on her appointment. Minister Sandals brings important experience to the education portfolio. Along with serving as a former parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Education, she chaired the Safe Schools Action Team, which laid the groundwork for the Keeping Our Kids Safe at School Act, 2009.

We look forward to working with Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister Sandals to continue building a strong education system in Ontario.”


Ontario’s Catholic Teachers welcome the appointment of Liz Sandals as Minister of Education.

“We look forward to working with Minister Sandals in her new role and to forging a productive relationship with her,” says Kevin O’Dwyer, President of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA). “As a former Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, school board trustee and Chair of the Ontario Public School Board Association, Sandals bring a wealth of experience to the portfolio.”

“We are confident of her understanding of the need for cooperation and open dialogue in education and look forward to working together to continue to move Ontario’s schools from great to excellent and address the needs of Catholic students and teachers,” adds O’Dwyer.