The Prime Minister's Office confirmed Wednesday that former Toronto Police Chief and Vaughan Member of Parliament Julian Fantino would replace Bev Oda as Minister of International Cooperation after the Durham MP announced her resignation.
Digital Journal reported Tuesday that scandal-laden Durham MP Bev Oda would be stepping down as of July 31. She captured headlines across Canada after it was discovered she ordered $16 glasses of orange juice and spent $665 per night at a luxurious hotel in London on the taxpayers’ dime.
Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a swift change in his cabinet Wednesday at a swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall. According to the news release, Julian Fantino “will keep advancing efforts to make Canadian aid effective and accountable” by replacing Oda as the International Cooperation Minister.
Furthermore, MP Bernard Valcourt will take over the reins from Fantino, as he was named Associate Minister of National Defence. He will also continue his work as Minister of State for Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
“These changes to the Ministry ensure continuity as we focus on creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said Prime Minister Harper. “Mr. Fantino and Mr. Valcourt bring strong leadership experience to these important positions.”
Fantino was first elected in a by-election in 2010. He defeated Liberal candidate Tony Genco in a close contest by less than 1,000 votes. In last year’s federal election, Fantino defeated Liberal candidate Mario Ferri in a wide 18,000-vote margin.
The Vaughan MP has worked as Chief of the Toronto, London and York Police Services, Ontario Commissioner of Emergency Management and Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police.