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Premier Ford recommends principal secretary for OEB

Ontario Premier Doug Ford THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is recommending his principal secretary for a full-time position at the Ontario Energy Board.

In a statement on Friday, Ford said he is putting Jenni Byrne’s name in for an appointment to a two-year term.

“I am pleased to put Jenni’s name forward to join the OEB,” the statement read.

“I know Jenni would work with her future colleagues on the Board, and the professionals at the OEB, to bring utility rates under control and make life more affordable for Ontario families and businesses.”

Byrne is one of Ford’s most seasoned advisors and previously worked under Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

“Jenni has been an invaluable resource not only to me and the staff in the Premier’s Office, but indeed to all members of the Government of the People,” the statement continued.

“I wish to sincerely thank her for dedication in working in the best interests of the people of Ontario.”

There has been no word on who would replace Byrne, should the appointment be approved.