Cabinet shuffle brings fresh faces and blur on environment
Young women and fresh faces marked Prime Minister Harper's cabinet shuffle today.
Former Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq replaced Peter Kent as environment minister, becoming the first Inuk in that position.
"It's a very interesting choice. It's hard to imagine positive steps on the environment being taken by anyone under the micromanaged Harper government given their abysmal record," commented ForestEthics campaigner Ben West, on whether having an environment minister from the north would help, given Canada's plans for Arctic oil and gas drilling and pipeline building.
Shelly Glover for Saint Boniface in Manitoba took on James Moore's role as Heritage Minister, while Moore made the big move of the day to Industry Minister, replacing Christian Paradis.
Other big changes included former back-bencher and Canada's first resident Afghanistan ambassador Chris Alexander as the new Immigration Minister. Jason Kenney -- widely praised for his outreach in immigrant communities but criticized for his inaction on citizenship issues such as the Lost Canadians -- has become minister of a new portfolio, employment and social development, which replaces human resources and skills development department.
Lisa Raitt has been named the new transport minister, while Candice Bergen has become the new minister of state for social development, while Steven Bleney replaced the unpopular Vic Toews as public safety minister. Towes has resigned and will not be moving to a new cabinet minister position.
Even in cases where people were not moved, such as natural resources Minister Joe Oliver and finance minister Jim Flaherty, it spoke volumes about how the government will conduct business in upcoming months.