Ontario Environment Minister Jim Wilson.
Following former Environment Minister Chris Stockwell’s resignation on June 16, 2003 (over a spending controversy), Jim Wilson was sworn in as the new Environment Minister on June 17, 2003.
Mr. Wilson was most recently Minister of Northern Development and Mines, since April 2002, a portfolio that covers 90 per cent of Ontario’s landmass.
Mr. Wilson was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in September 1990. In 1995, he was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Health, a position in which he implemented Ontario’s health care reform process and oversaw the restructuring of Ontario hospitals, and the establishment of vastly expanded community-based healthcare services.
In 1997, he was appointed to the newly formed Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology. He was returned to that position after his re-election as the MPP for Simcoe-Grey in 1999. In that portfolio, Mr. Wilson championed electricity competition as sponsor of the government’s Energy Competition Act and is the first Ontario Cabinet Minister to have been given specific responsibility for “Science and Technology” where his role was to keep the province on the leading edge of technological and scientific advancement.
In addition, the ministry press release points out that six of Ontario’s premiers — Frank Miller, Howard Ferguson, Leslie Frost, William Hearst, David Peterson, and Mike Harris all at one time held the portfolio of the Mines Ministry.
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