December 30, 2016

Mr. Lorenzo Berardinetti
Parliamentary Assistant to the Attorney General
11th Floor, 720 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 2K1

Dear Mr. Berardinetti:

I am honoured to have you as my parliamentary assistant, and thank you for the valuable support that you will provide me in this crucial role. I welcome you back to the Ministry of the Attorney General, and look forward to continuing to work closely with you to ensure that both ministry and overall government objectives are achieved.

At this mid-point of our mandate — and after having achieved two years of real and tangible progress — we are redoubling our efforts to deliver on our top priority — economic growth and good jobs. Our balanced plan to build Ontario up for everyone will deliver real benefits and more inclusive growth that will help people in their everyday lives. We will do this by continuing to invest in better infrastructure, more affordable and accessible postsecondary education, a competitive, low-carbon economy and improved retirement security.

Responsible fiscal management remains an overarching priority for our government, and, thanks to our disciplined approach, we are on track to balance the budget next year, in 2017-18.

The mandate letter I received in September from Premier Wynne sets out my specific priorities as minister for the coming two years. Parliamentary assistants play a key role in meeting these priorities and in helping put our government’s plan into action.

Our ministry is responsible for the administration of justice and ensuring that our justice system remains fair and accessible to everyone in our criminal, civil and family courts and our adjudicative tribunals. Our ministry is also committed to modernizing and streamlining processes and supporting technology to increase access to justice for all Ontarians.

As Parliamentary Assistant to the Attorney General, your specific responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the expansion of online service delivery in the justice system and at ministry agencies, boards and commissions in order to provide Ontarians with services that are more accessible, responsive and easy to use.
  • Supporting the continued modernization and streamlining of services with a view to delivering innovative and efficient digital and front-line services for people accessing Ontario’s courts and adjudicative tribunals.
  • Continuing to review the current roles and responsibilities of Justices of the Peace, as well as the qualifications necessary to be appointed a Justice of the Peace.

A tremendous opportunity lies before us — to ensure that our ministry’s mandate is fully and effectively implemented, to continue to build Ontario up and to deliver real benefits to all Ontarians.


Original signed by

The Honourable Yasir Naqvi
Attorney General