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McNaughton part of Ford Cabinet

By Postmedia Network Staff

Progressive Conservative MPP Monte McNaughton, standing with his wife, Kate, addresses supporters at the legion in Mount Bridges being elected to represent Lambton-Kent-Middlesex for a third term. McNaughton on Friday was sworn in as a Cabinet member of the Doug Ford government. He’s the new infrastructure minister. File photo/Postmedia Network

Progressive Conservative MPP Monte McNaughton, standing with his wife, Kate, addresses supporters at the legion in Mount Bridges being elected to represent Lambton-Kent-Middlesex for a third term. McNaughton on Friday was sworn in as a Cabinet member of the Doug Ford government. He’s the new infrastructure minister. File photo/Postmedia Network

MPP Monte McNaughton will be a member of the new Ford government’s Cabinet.

Premier Doug Ford was sworn into office on Friday at Queen’s Park, and part of the ceremony included the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP, who will serve as Minister of Infrastructure.

McNaughton, 41, has been the riding’s MPP since 2011, and was re-elected in 2014 and then again a month ago.

Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey, meanwhile, was designated as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services.

In a statement, Bailey said he looks forward to working with MPP Todd Smith, who is the minister for that government department, “to help restore accountability, responsibility and trust in our provincial government.”

In total, Ford named 21 new cabinet ministers and 26 parliamentary assistants from the 76-member Progressive Conservative caucus.