Rickford is “very happy and very humbled” with his modified role in Ford’s new Cabinet.
Greg Rickford, MPP for the Kenora-Rainy River district was named to Premier Doug Ford’s Cabinet on June 24, 2022, after the riding re-elected him just weeks prior.
Rickford will once again serve as Ontario’s Minister of Northern Development, as well as the Minister of Indigenous Affairs.
In the previous term of government, Rickford served the same ministries, however, the Ministry of Northern Development was previously known as the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. It has now been split into three separate portfolios.
In an interview with the QMorning Show, Rickford shared his excitement “I am just excited and humbled by the results of the election, and eager to get going on some stuff, start this summer out on the right foot for the benefit of everyone in the Kenora-Rainy River District.”
When asked about the splitting of the Ministries, he said “It made perfect sense. You know, I am very happy and obviously very humbled by the ongoing support and confidence from the Premier.”
“The Premier asked me to focus on northern development – a portfolio that has been tagged on to different ministries in the past, including with me, but we felt there was a need to focus more on that (northern development).”
Heading into this new government, Rickford was asked what his priorities are for the area, “For Kenora-Rainy River, it's to make sure that the major projects keep tracking [such as] the twinning.”
“The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund’s [overhaul] and The Northern Ontario Resource Development Support Program are a couple of key things that I want to make sure work well for us in Kenora-Rainy River.”
“We also have some residuals to track. We have had some significant impacts from high water levels and flooding. We will have to be careful and ensure that residents and municipalities have the resources to handle what a receding waterline looks like in terms of damage and requirements to support infrastructure.”
“There is lots on the table to focus on and I am just excited to get started on that,” concluded Rickford.