Ford shuffles cabinet, brings back minister who violated travel guidance with St. Barts vacation

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford is shuffling his cabinet, bringing back a minister who resigned last year after violating pandemic travel guidelines.

Rod Phillips, who left his role as finance minister after travelling to St. Barts in December, is back in cabinet as the new minister of long-term care.

He replaces Merrillee Fullerton, who is leaving the long-term care file to become minister of children, community and social services.

David Piccini becomes minister of environment, replacing Jeff Yurek, and Kinga Surma is replacing Laurie Scott as minister of infrastructure.

Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria is the new president of the treasury board, which has been split from the finance file, while Lisa Thompson replaces Ernie Hardeman in agriculture, food and rural affairs.

Health Minister Christine Elliott, Education Minister Steven Lecce, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, Attorney General Doug Downey and Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy remain in their prominent positions.