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NRI Harinder Takhar, Transportation Minister transferred as minister in charge of small business.

Toronto, May 23, 2006
Jay Gill

Premier Dalton McGuinty announced the mini cabinet shuffle today at a news conference.

NRI Harinder Takhar, Transportation Minister, Mississauga Centre MPP takes over a new small business and entrepreneurship ministry.

According to NRI press, it was clear demotion from Transportation Minister to new created small business and entrepreneurship ministry job but McGuinty denied Takhar's move was a demotion, noting 40 per cent of jobs in Ontario are in small business.

Last year, Harinder Takhar was criticized by the province's integrity commissioner for visiting his family business, which is in a blind trust to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest, and for having an executive of that business act as chief financial officer of his riding association.

Dwight Duncan, who stepped in when Sorbara was forced to step down last fall, will return to the energy portfolio, while Donna Cansfield takes over in Transportation. She replaces Harinder Takhar. Last week, Sorbara’s name was removed from search warrants involving the case, clearing the way for his return to cabinet.

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