Will Ontario cabinet shuffle delay even longer launch of provincial affordable housing plan?

Ontario has a new Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing – the third one in less than a year. Rick Bartolucci moves into the housing / municipal cabinet post after serving as the province’s ‘top cop’ as Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Media reports portray Minister Bartolucci’s new posting as a demotion because of the controversy surrounding a ‘secret’ G20 law passed in the summer. The cabinet shuffle raises concerns that Ontario’s much-needed long-term affordable housing strategy – which was supposed to be launched by June – will be delayed once again as the new Minister settles into his portfolio.