Premier Ford has confirmed that he will not be making public his mandate letters to his cabinet ministers. The mandate letter from the premier to a cabinet minister provides the minister with his or her marching orders. It details the premier’s expectations of that minister, precisely what initiatives he or she should undertake in the ministry.
Kathleen Wynne was widely praised when she published her mandate letters for the first time in 2015. In the interests of openness and transparency, the publishing of these mandate letters is now a common practice in the federal government and many provincial governments. It seems unusual that our new government which states it’s committed to transparency will not be publishing these mandate letters.