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Wednesday May 27 2015
5:48 AM EDT
2014-03-25 at 15:22


MPP Bill Mauro (right) has been promoted and will now serve as Ontario
MPP Bill Mauro (right) has been promoted and will now serve as Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Bill Mauro is now a cabinet minister.

The longtime Liberal MPP for the Thunder Bay - Atikokan riding received his promotion Tuesday after Premier Kathleen Wynne officially shuffled her cabinet.

He becomes the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, which was previously held by Linda Jeffrey before her resignation to take a stab at municipal politics in Brampton.

Mauro, who had been working as a parliamentary assistant within the municipal affairs ministry since February 2013, in a telephone interview from Toronto said he feels he is a good fit for the portfolio.

He referenced his six years spent as a Thunder Bay city councillor to demonstrate that he understands and is familiar with the municipal politics.

Mauro is one of two new faces in the Wynne cabinet, as he joins Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn who assumed the Ministry of Labour portfolio.

He has represented Thunder Bay’s southside riding for the Liberals since 2003. Since then he’s served in the backbenches under both former Premier Dalton McGuinty and now Premier Wynne.

The promotion was met with a little bit of surprise, as Mauro thought there was a chance the opening could be absorbed into another minister’s portfolio in the short term with the potential of a spring election when the provincial budget is presented in the coming weeks.

He believes the posting is more than a placeholder role with there being no guarantee of an election.

“An election in the next little while is not a forgone conclusion and I suppose (Wynne) is thinking longer term and that is what she is making her decisions based on,” Mauro said.

“Some have put it out there that this might create a higher profile for me and while I suppose there is some truth to that but I don’t know how much of a difference it will really make.”

Before Tuesday’s promotion  Mauro’s cabinet experience had been collected through parliamentary assistant roles, his first coming in 2004 when he served under then Minister of Northern Development and Mines minister Rick Bartolucci.

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dank says:
The roll out of the corrupt Ontario College of trades should be enough to get the liberals
booted out of office, let alone their dismal history.
3/29/2014 11:04:11 AM
fastball says:
This area finally gets a guy in the provincial cabinet - a little closer to the Premier's ear (which can't be TOTALLY bad for this area)...and the news is being met with scorn and derision.
All these years spent moaning, bitching and whining about how we never get a guy into the chambers of power - how we're basically just an afterthought in provincial and federal politics....and when we finally do, it's met with the same moaning, bitching and whining.
Ah, Thunder Bay - you never fail to underwhelm me!
3/26/2014 1:08:01 PM
Dan Dan says:
Mr. Gravelle and Mr. Mauro, have been excellent, and if given the chance I would vote for them again.

If would be a grudging vote, however, because the provincial Liberals have been absolutely dreadful.
3/26/2014 11:49:22 AM
Hockey fan says:
Sugar-perhaps you should educate yourself on exactly what Mr. Mauro has done for this region. I also was disappointed with Mr. McGinty but he is gone. Too bad he left a mess for Ms. Wynne. But, she is a well spoken articulate individual who is passionate about Ontario and doesn''t need a script to read from during a press conference. Whenever there is an election Mr. Mauro will absolutely get my vote. Just one example of what he brought to T.Bay is angioplasty, which saved my father's life as time was a factor. Congratulations to our newest Minister! You definitely deserve it!
3/26/2014 11:13:37 AM
lori says:
Eastender, I am okay if you didn't like Mr. McGuinty. I was not a big fan. I choose to vote for the man and hopefully you will change your mind but of course that is your decision to make. I would like to put a different perspective on what your posted however. The HST didn't magically appear. It was done with the full cooperation of the Federal Gov't who wants this country wide. They believe in it. We can certainly debate the decision on what it applies to, but I think it is recognized world wide as a far better tax system for economic development. The GST was always on heat and power.
On Tax rates for the first 40,000 Ontario is the lowest rate in the country. On the next 40,000, they are the 3rd lowest. I don't know why this stuff never gets reported accurately.

I will agree that the money coming is not free, however for the first time in history, the money is flowing this way. It has been great for us.

enjoyed reading your post even if I disagreed with some of it.
3/26/2014 10:55:36 AM
Eastender says:
I like mauro and I like Gravelle. It is unfortunate that they had McGuinty as their leader. He has left a bitter taste in my mouth. Think of how much more good the money that he wasted could have done. Think of the HST, that you pay on your gas and electricity bill. Sorry Mr Mauro, but you can blame McGuinty, if you lose your seat. The implementation of the HST was just out and out theft of taxpayers money

So if the liberals give this area money, it is not free money, it is only a small portion of the money that we have already donated to them through the HST, and income tax. It is money that rightfully belongs here in the first place. So lets just call a spade a spade.
3/26/2014 10:10:47 AM
S Duncan says:
Im happy to see others are wise to the liberal's vote buying tactics. What's gone on here is we have nervous libs worried that they will lose these 2 seats and they are starting to puff up about it.

We all know Mauro isn't actually worthy of a cabinet position so the desperation methods are in play.

If any of you really want cause for alarm, we need to be concerned about who the libs just appointed attorney general of Ontario. That is one wacked out person!

The sooner the provincial libs are gone, the better. Even the NDP cant screw things us as bad as the libs did, and that's downright scary!
3/25/2014 9:43:57 PM
sugar says:
I cannot believe this.What has he done for Tbay.Lost my vote
3/25/2014 9:20:51 PM
The Beaver..... says:
Congratulations Bill your hard work for
us your constituent's is finally appreciated. Keep it up in your new position Mr.Minister
3/25/2014 7:49:07 PM
central says:
Very happy for Bill and all of us in Northern Ontario. Bill has worked for us on many issues. Two Cabinet Ministers...our issues and needs will have a better chance to be heard. I do hope we do not give that up in the next election!
3/25/2014 7:05:57 PM
sprintfan says:
Desperate act by a desperate govt to save a seat! Don't get sucked in by this TBay!
3/25/2014 5:54:35 PM
progress now says:
This is good news for the city and the region.

All cabinet appointments are political. We have had members in both houses I often wondered why they were not in cabinet. This is one of them.

Anytime we have a cabinet minister, irrespective of party affiliation, I celebrate.


3/25/2014 5:48:48 PM
lori says:
I'm sorry, but this gal just cannot help herself.

Hey experts.

Tell me who in the last 50 years has been better for T.Bay Atikokan.

OR if that question is too tough tell me what MPP or MP has been better than Gravelle and Mauro in the last 50 years.

It has only been four years asking that one simple question. Why is it that you constant whiners can never come up with just one name as to who has brought more money, jobs and support here. Just one. More money than ever, now two cabinet ministers and the clowns that troll TBnewswatch want to keep suggesting we are ignored.

Hilarious and terribly sad at the same time.
3/25/2014 5:29:18 PM
pc says:
Sorry lori, can't answer as 50 years ago I was 8 years old. Until the Mike Harris years figured I couldn't change things so I started thinking change with him.
But I will say one thing for you, you are consistent. whenever stuck for a really good rebuttal you simply ask the same question. Don't you get tired of asking and nobody answering? Maybe we don't care about the past and long past. Or maybe we care about what these ridings get then lose and what it adds to the debt load for all of Ontario?
I am not positive but I think Mike was the MPP for this riding when I moved here around 30 years ago.
I think it is just familiarity that keeps putting him back in. But maybe this time around it will be a case of familiarity breeds contempt.
We can only hope so. All liberal Gov. but mainly TBSN riding.
3/26/2014 9:57:48 AM
Hopper says:
Jim Foulds NDP 1971-87
Tara's Kozyra Liberal 1987-90
Shelley Wark-Martyn NDP 1990-95
Michael Gravelle Liberal 1995-present (19 years)
3/26/2014 12:24:51 PM
lori says:
Hopper you are joking right. You throw up names and that's it.

Point to something Hopper. Point to something concrete legislatively that they did. Something that created jobs etc.

Mr. Kozyras was a 3 yr member.
Ms. Wark-Martyn-- tell me what she brought to T.Bay. I have the next 20 years
As the question was about Mr. Gravelle also, not sure your point

And Mr. Foulds. Long serving member. Not a bad guy I would say. Obviously liked.

What did he accomplish. He served as a critic for many years following the NDP path of everyone else being wrong, but what did he bring to Thunder Bay.

All I see here are jobs, billions of dollars, a huge number of new buildings, new highways, strong economy, booming housing market all because of our two MPP's bringing cash here and as one said below, Angioplasty that saved her father's life. That is what Mr. Mauro has done along with Mr. Gravelle.
3/26/2014 2:46:01 PM
Hopper says:
Umm I was replying to pc, not you.

As it happens I know both Mr. Gravelle and Mr. Mauro from various events and activities and as far as I can tell both are tireless in their volunteer activities and both hardworking admirable men...but let's not go around saying northern Ontario has a strong economy...
3/26/2014 5:33:44 PM
pc says:
Lori he threw out names in answer to me thinking Gravelle was here for 30 years.
I don't think he was saying what they did just informing me of who was in when.
See not having heard of this place much before we moved here I am not up on all the ins and outs of things.
So take a deep breath and realize the world does not revolve around the libs and what they have and haven't done.
what they have done is take us from a have province to a have not province.
Manufacturing leaving, pensioners going into debt to heat their homes. Things that used to be covered by OHIP now have to be paid out of pocket.
You like Bill and Mike. well I do not like or respect the Liberals.
When they pay back all the money to actually stole from the tax payers with all their wrong decisions then I might respect them. Until then they are liars and thieves.
3/27/2014 7:47:08 AM
pc says:
thank you. he got in the year I became interested in politics.
Maybe it is time for a conservative member up here.
The other parties are under whelming in the provincial setting so time for a change all over.
I know many disagree with me but that is their right.
3/26/2014 3:29:51 PM
Shane Caker says:
Lori. Don't you realize that you precious liberals are bankrupting the province? Anyone in politics can throw money at government made projects and say exactly what you're saying. "Look at me!!! Weeee. Look at the money (that we don't have) that are spending here while we go deeper and deeper into record depth." That's what you are saying. And if you don't have a problem with that, then your are the most pathetic political supporter ever. Open your eyes girl. I can go on and on about the hydro screw ups, the Ornge disaster, etc. etc. Funny how you never comment about those. In fact I have a question for you. Have you ever, in the last 50 years, seen a party blow so much taxpayer money with no results? Tell me. Have you ever? I bet you can't.
3/26/2014 9:31:12 PM
dynamiter says:
Pretty obvious that this Fiberal government is absolutely without any talent or vision amongst the backbenches. True sign that change is needed when your more talented elected officials aka cabinet ministers are retiring, moving back to the private sector or seeking municipal Mayors seats.
3/25/2014 5:25:28 PM
reese says:

Quotations by Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan : Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first
3/25/2014 5:10:27 PM
mercy mercy me says:
wow, with this hollow gesture we are so well represented in the cabinet, we'll be 'golden' my vote...not
3/25/2014 4:48:31 PM
ring of fire dude says:
With an election about to be called , Mauros promotion to cabinet is akin to switching captains on the Titanic in the middle of her maiden voyage .
3/25/2014 4:47:25 PM
nvjgu says:
LOL, most everybody want's him gone and he get's a promotion,
3/25/2014 4:44:26 PM
yqtyqt says:
....and the Toronto Liberal MPPs are saying Bill who & where is Thunder Bay? I guess his seat is a must have in the McWinnty government.

3/25/2014 4:28:19 PM
musicferret says:
Trying to shore him up before next election.... which he will lose.
They've wasted too much money on gas plant cancellation, e-health scandal, etc. etc. etc. Time for someone new. PLEASE!
3/25/2014 4:08:16 PM
tudor says:
Well one more example that shoots the theory that we are ignored all to h... doesn't it. Congratulations Mr. Mauro. I think it is deserved and I wish you luck in your new role.

Maybe a more appropriate picture can be located.
3/25/2014 3:35:03 PM
pc says:
with few seats outside of TO and ministers jumping ships they have to keep the few seats they have.
With their abysmal record here in the north especially our heating costs this year, I guess they think we are stupid enough to believe they care when they promote one of our own.
Please prove them wrong. For all our sakes.
3/25/2014 6:41:38 PM
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