Rae appointed parliamentary assistant to Minister of Education

QUEEN’S PARK – Matthew Rae, Member of Provincial Parliament for Perth-Wellington, was appointed to the role of Parliamentary Assistant (PA) to the Minister of Education. Rae joins Patrice Barnes, MPP for Ajax, as the two PAs to Minister Stephen Lecce.

“It is a great honour to serve the people of Perth-Wellington and Ontario in this additional role,” said Rae. “My professional experience in education and representing a predominantly rural riding provides me with a unique perspective.”

On June 24, Premier Doug Ford announced his Cabinet with Lecce retaining his position as the Minister of Education. PAs principally assist their respective minister in their legislative duties but may also assist in extra-parliamentary activities such as engaging in policy formation.

“I look forward to working with Minister Lecce and PA Barnes on learning recovery, mental health, and a return to normal classes,” said Rae.

Rae had previously been sworn in as Perth-Wellington’s MPP on June 23, taking the Oath of Allegiance. Taking the Oath of Allegiance will mean Rae can take his seat in the Legislature once it is recalled. Premier Doug Ford has indicated he will recall the Legislature for a rare summer sitting.