Minister of the environment
doug ford stormed into Queen’s Park waging war against the federal climate change plan, and Phillips, his environment minister, is his first line of offence. Phillips has held top positions at Postmedia, CivicAction and the OLG. In his new role, he’s responsible for scrapping Ontario’s cap-and-trade system, and will spend up to $30 million fighting the feds over it. If the carbon tax is a high-profile issue in the 2019 federal election, it’ll be due in part to Phillips, who’s appeared on CTV and Metro Morning to preach the anti-carbon tax gospel. friends in high places: Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey, TIFF’s Cameron Bailey, TD exec Tim Hockey, former mayor Mel Lastman.