Wynne was sworn in as premier on Feb. 11 on the same day she also took over over the agriculture portfolio. During the official swearing-in ceremony, Wynne was sworn as “premier and president of the council and Minister of Agriculture of the province of Ontario.”
The premier’s office confirmed to CBC News on Friday that Wynne had to be sworn in a second time three days later to officially add “food” to her portfolio.
News of the swearing-in slip-up comes one day after Wynne’s Liberals took a pounding in the legislature over the release of dozens of new documents about the cancellation of gas plants in Liberal-held ridings ahead of the 2011 election.
PCs pounce on news of second swearing-in
The Progressive Conservatives pounced on news of the second, secret swearing-in ceremony.
“Only now, over a week later, have we discovered Wynne was sworn in again secretly to cover up the fact that she forgot food,” said PC agriculture critic Ernie Hardeman in a news release. “Instead of confessing that she had made a mistake and explaining why she eliminated the food portion of the ministry, Wynne tried to hide the truth.”
The premier’s office issued a statement stating that Wynne “recognizes the importance of the food sector to Ontario's economy.”
Wynne is not the only politician forced to be sworn in a second time.
In January, U.S. President Barack Obama had to be sworn in twice because the constitution mandates the president be sworn in on Jan. 20. That fell on a Sunday this year and historically, presidential inaugurations are not held on Sundays because courts and other public institutions are not open.
As a result, Obama was officially sworn in one day ahead of the ceremonial swearing in at the Capitol.