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article imageNew Brunswick Premier Shuffles Cabinet

By Bob Ewing     Jun 22, 2009 in Politics
New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham has shaken up the senior ranks of his cabinet. The shake up involves moving three of his most controversial ministers to lower-profile positions.
The three senior ministers are Michael Murphy, Kelly Lamrock and T.J. Burke.
Murphy was moved from Health to Justice and Consumer Affairs.
Over the past few months, Murphy has been on the hot seat for months due to the restructuring of the health system. The restructuring involved trimming the number of regional health authorities to two from eight and most recently the fight with doctors over a two-year fee freeze.
The Education Minister, Kelly Lamrock has been transferred to the Department of Social Development. Lamrock was at the centre of a storm of protests and a court challenge over plans to eliminate early French immersion in 2008.
A compromise
was eventually worked out how the province would teach French second language courses.
As Justice Minister, T.J. Burke was involved after several controversies including accusations that he spoke publicly about the Erin Michael Walsh court case. Burke is now Minister of the Environment.
Other cabinet changes include:
* Victor Boudreau to Business New Brunswick from Finance
* Greg Byrne to Finance from Business New Brunswick
* Roland Haché to Education from Environment
* Mary Schryer to Health from Social Development
"I felt it was important that if we were going to move forward successfully with some of the changes that we had to take away the polarizing aspect that had started to permeate within New Brunswick politics," Premier Graham said.
"These ministers recognize that they worked very hard to see the foundation laid for the change, but to see that critical success achieved now we needed new ministers to build on that foundation."
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