A Statement by St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley, released the Office of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
Posted June 12th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
“At mid-term of the mandate of a Government, it is normal for change to take place in the roles and responsibilities of those of us who serve in public office.
I have been fortunate, first and foremost, to serve the people of St. Catharines in my position as Member of Provincial Parliament and I look forward to doing so in the years ahead.
There is a window of opportunity at this time for the Premier to include in her Cabinet a number of new and very capable individuals who are eager to accept additional responsibility as members of the Executive Council.
In this regard, I have suggested to the Premier that I assist in the effort by relinquishing my position as Deputy Government House Leader and Chair of Cabinet and assuming the position of Chief Government Whip, thereby opening a position in Cabinet for a new appointee.
I am grateful to Premier Peterson, McGuinty and Wynne for the opportunity to serve in Cabinet and I wish the very best for those who will be included in the new Executive Council.
I would like to thank the Premier for accepting my request to serve as Chief Government Whip in the Legislative session ahead and to working with my colleagues, as I have as Deputy Government House Leader, in dealing with legislation before the House and in Legislative Committees.”
According to Wikipedia, this, in brief, is what a a Chief Government Whip in Ontario does – “The Chief Government Whip of Ontario is the member of the government responsible for ensuring that members of the governing party attend and vote in the provincial Legislature as the party leadership desires.”
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