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article imageCanada: PM Unveils New Cabinet

By Bob Ewing     Oct 30, 2008 in Politics
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today appointed a new federal Cabinet. The PM increased his cabinet to 38 members from 31, and now has 11 women in cabinet.
Canada's prime Minister, Stephen Harper has increased his cabinet to 38 members from 31, and now has 11 women in cabinet, up from seven previously.
Former environment minister John Baird took over Transport, a post previously held by Quebec MP Lawrence Cannon, who moved to Foreign Affairs.
Tony Clement has moved from health to replace Jim Prentice in Industry, and Prentice took over Environment.
.“While the fundamentals of Canada’s economy remain stronger, more stable and more durable than those of many other nations, it is clear that we are not immune to what happens outside our borders,” said the Prime Minister.
But Jim Flaherty and Peter MacKay remained in two of the major cabinet positions, Finance and Defence, respectively
“That is why the central responsibility of our new mandate will be to ensure that Canada’s businesses and families have the security they need to weather any global economic storm.” The PM said.
He added, "This will be an experienced, economically focused Ministry that is prepared to immediately get to work in the interests of Canadians,” said the Prime Minister. “This is the right team for these times. We will build a foundation of strength that will protect the earnings, savings and financial security of Canadians and ensure that Canada emerges from this time of global turmoil stronger than ever before.”
Three rookie female MPs were given prominent cabinet positions. Leona Aglukkaq, Nunavut's former health minister, will take over the federal Health Ministry, and Toronto-area MP Lisa Raitt, the former chief executive officer of the Toronto Port Authority, who becomes the natural resources minister.
As well, Gail Shea, a longtime provincial minister who won the P.E.I. riding of Egmont, has been given the Fisheries Ministry.
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