Minister of Education Leona Dombrowsky wasn't shuffled out of the portfolio Wednesday during the premier's rearrangement of his cabinet.
This wasn't a huge surprise to me. Dombrowsky hasn't encountered any huge controversy in the post, and has staunchly continued to defend the Liberal government's path in education. Even with the wrinkles on implementing the full-day kindergarten program, the education world isn't really in a tizzy.
She was added to a new cabinet committee, the priorities and planning committee, which appears to replace a committee the education minister of the day sat on around the government's poverty reduction strategy. She also sits on the emergency management committee and the health, education and social committee. The Belleville Intelligencer, the main newspaper in her riding, was quick off the mark to post on her addition to the P&P committee.
I'm a little more curious to see whether the premier will also shuffle the parliamentary assistants (Ed's is currently Leeanna Pendergast). These positions tend to be shuffled more often than ministers since they're some times perqs for backbenchers to keep them in the fold. I don't think there's any question Pendergast will run again in her riding, so there may not be a need to shuffle.
I would expect to see no change in the direction over the next year— Education will continue to be a priority plank in the next campaign for the Liberals, who'll have another four years of school construction and renovations under their belt. They'll also be heading into the second year of full-day kindergarten and the final year of pouring millions into education to cover the provincial agreements signed with employee groups.