TORONTO -- PC Leader Tim Hudak has made a major shuffle of his shadow cabinet in the run up to an election expected next spring.
Hudak's beefed up his number of critics and moved to include relatively new members of his caucus in a group that reflects his need to appeal to voters in the GTA while shoring up his rural heartland of support.
Newly-elected Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Doug Holyday becomes the shadow critic for just about everything.
He gets responsibility for Management Board and government accountability, as well as GTA issues and GTA transportation.
Along with Vic Fedeli (Nipissing), who recently took over the role of finance critic from Peter Shurman, Holyday, a former mayor, will be front and centre for the Tories.
"Fedeli and Holyday will be a tag team in finance on key economic and jobs issues," a Tory source told me Sunday.
Ottawa-Nepean MPP Lisa MacLeod, who's been a star performer as Tory critic for education, moves to the contentious energy portfolio, a file on which the Liberals are vulnerable, as electricity prices soar.
MacLeod also became francophone affairs critic after Shurman was dropped from the shadow cabinet recently over a housing expense issue.
Shurman has not been returned to the shadow cabinet in this shuffle.
Cambridge MPP Rob Leone, a former professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, takes on education.
Controversial rural maverick Randy Hillier has not been given a critic role.
Jim McDonell (Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry), a former mayor, gets a major promotion to critic for municipal affairs and housing.
Hudak has created new critic portfolios and moved to include newer MPPs first elected in the 2011 election.
"They're a group who've shown themselves to be hard-working and eager to be part of the team. This matches them with the appropriate critic portfolio," the source said.