St. Paul’s MPP Eric Hoskins has been traded from one cabinet post to another.
The former minister of children and youth services has been named minister of economic development, trade and employment following newly elected Premier Kathleen Wynne’s swearing-in ceremony Monday, Feb. 11.
Hoskins was first elected to the St. Paul’s riding in 2009 in a byelection and appointed minister of citizenship and immigration in January 2010, and later minister of children and youth services in October 2011. He resigned in November to run as a candidate in the Liberal Party leadership election.
After finishing medical studies at McMaster University, and subsequently at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, Hoskins spent close to a decade as a doctor and humanitarian in war-torn regions in Africa and around the world. He later served as the senior advisor to then-minister of foreign affairs Lloyd Axworthy on such issues as human rights, child soldiers, peacekeeping and the landmines ban. Together with his wife, Dr. Samantha Nutt, the two founded the international charity War Child Canada to help children in war-affected regions across the globe.
Hoskins has been recognized for his humanitarian work and public service. In 2008, he was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada. He has also received the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross and has been awarded the United Nations Lester B. Pearson Peace Medal.
Wynne, who has taken over Ontario’s top job from Dalton McGuinty, who held the position for nine years, said she expanded the cabinet from 23 to 27 positions because of the amount of work needing to be done.
Hoskins was not available for comment by deadline.