Canada PM shuffles cabinet.
OTTAWA: Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Monday announced a new cabinet to lead the last leg of Canada s economic recovery over the coming year, following the retirement of a long-time lawmaker.
"This is an experienced team that will stay the course on our government s stimulus plan while working to ensure Canada emerges from the recession with a stronger economy to meet tomorrow s challenges," Harper said.
The cabinet shuffle involved only a dozen ministers and key portfolios remained with veterans such as Finance Minister Jim Flather and Defense Minister Peter MacKay.
The changes were sparked by the departure of Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson who announced over the weekend that he was leaving politics. He will be replaced by Jean Pierre Blackburn.
Cabinet newcomer Keith Ashfield will take over for Blackburn as the new national revenue minister. Trade Minister Stockwell Day, meanwhile, was named president of the Treasury Board.
Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan moved over to the trade ministry, while his security portfolio was handed over to Vic Toews, who was Treasury Board president.
Once rising star Lisa Raitt was shifted from Natural Resources to the relatively low-profile labor portfolio.
Rona Ambrose, who disappointed in her first term as environment minister, has been granted a second chance, moving from labor to public works, while Public Works Minister Christian Paradis becomes the new minister of natural resources.
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