Cabinet shuffle sees new Environment Minister for Ontario
TORONTO, ONT-In what was described as a mid-term fine-tuning of his Cabinet, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has appointed Laurel Broten as the new Minister of the Environment, replacing Leona Dombrowsky who has been moved to the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs portfolio. Broten, MPP for the Toronto riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore, previously served as parliamentary assistant to the Premier. Prior to her election in October 2003, she practised as a trial lawyer in the areas of equity, commercial and human rights law. She has also been involved in a number of advocacy groups promoting a healthy community, among them Good Air Safe Power (GASP) for which she was a member and spokesperson. Fluently bilingual, Broten has a bachelor of arts and bachelor of science from McMaster University, and a law degree from the University of Western Ontario.