TORONTO – Ontario's progressive conservative government had been in power for barely an hour before being attacked for its alleged lack of diversity in its cabinet.
Shortly before officially assuming the provincial government, Doug Ford announced that 20 ministers should help him to support the government's new fiscal restraint agenda.
But while the Cabinet praised praise for recruiting members with considerable public and private experience, critics also noted the fact that currently only seven women and a visible minority have a seat on the front benches.
Two out of three opposition parties said that the composition of the Cabinet does not reflect the diversity of the Tory caucus or the entire province.
Political observers also noted the lack of diversity, but said the current cabinet composition is trying to reconcile different stakeholders, including regional representation and willingness to stick to the promised agenda.
The Progressive Conservative Party did not respond to a request for comment. 19659002] The criticism of the new Tory Cabinet, which features Fuhrmann's political rivals and provincial and federal veterans, began almost immediately after Ford's speech outside the legislature.
The newly elected New Democrat Sarah Singh, whose party now forms the official opposition in the Legislature, said the picture is predominantly ma The White Cabinet sends a daunting message to those who want to feel supported by the Ford administration.
"For me as a young, colorful woman, and I'm sure many others in this province do not see themselves making the decisions that were made today "Singh said, after congratulating the newly-ministers.
Singh also criticized Ford's decision to transfer the indigenous affairs portfolio to a minister already overseeing the major acts of energy and northern affairs. 19659002] This move, Singh suggests, will make reconciliation with indigenous residents less of a priority than in previous regimes
The Greens' camp, whose leader Mike Schreiner wrote history on June 7, issued a similar message he was the first person elected to the house under the banner of his party.
Carpenter made a statement in which he praised the depth of talent in the ranks of Cabinets, but complaining that diversity seemed to be limited only to the skills exhibited.
He noted that only one member of a visible minority, Seniors and Accessibility Minister Raymond Cho, does not adequately represent four million Ontarians who identify themselves as belonging to a minority
Schreiner also targeted the comparative lack of women in the upper gangs of the new government, even though Ford's two main rivals – Christine Elliott and Caroline Mulroney – were awarded the prestigious titles (19659002) "All governments should strive for gender parity, so it is unfortunate that only seven of the 21 ministers mentioned today are women, "he said. "This is hampered by the fact that you have reduced the Ministry of Women's Status to non-portfolio responsibility and have unnecessarily changed the name to" women's issues. "
Social media caved in with criticism of the new Cabinet, with hashtags like #OnGovtSoWhite, which most emphasize the lack of racial diversity.
Political observers said Ford's decisions for high office send a message about where its government priorities lie.
Andrea Lawlor, a political science professor at King's University College College, said the relatively homogeneous Cabinet was formed from the ranks of a caucus with candidates from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
The group consists of members from across the province, and Lawlor said Ford's focus on veterans legislators may be an attempt to suggest that a new government is not necessarily the same as an inexperienced one.
"I do not think it's a denial, I think it's a remarkable absence," she said. "I think it suggests that in trying to keep his cabinet as small or efficient as possible, he decides in favor of the people he knows are going to present his agenda, and who knows he will Experience will compensate for the fact that he is not only a new Prime Minister, but also a new MP MP. "
Rob Leone, a former Conservative member of the Ontario Legislature, agreed that Ford's decisions reflect a desire to combine political know-how with people with skills Demonstrating Big Files
Leone said he would expect Ford to have a broader Cabinet if rookie Caucus members had time to gain some experience.
At the moment, Leone said he sees no problem with the current cabinet configuration
"People will judge the cabinets by various criteria, but most importantly, a minister does a good job," he said. "Our parliamentary system is about to put it to the test."