Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Harper shuffle

1. Happy New Year!

2. Because I just can't resist and there is all kinds of talk of a cabinet shuffle, I am going to partake in one of my many predictions of how it will go:

(changes in italtics)

Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada

Hon. Rona Ambrose
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Hon. John Baird
President of the Treasury Board

Hon. Maxime Bernier
Minister of the Environment

Hon. Jean-Pierre Blackburn
Minister of Labour
Minister of Economic Development ... of Quebec

Hon. Lawrence Cannon
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities

Hon. Tony Clement
Minister of Health
Minister for FEDNOR

Hon. Stockwell Day
Minister of Public Safety

Hon. Diane Finley
Minister of Human Resources and Social Development

Hon. Jim Flaherty
Minister of Finance

Hon. Michael Fortier
Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Hon. Loyola Hearn
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Hon. Majory LeBreton
Leader of the Government in the Senate

Hon. Gary Lunn
Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians

Hon. Peter MacKay
Minister of National Defence

Hon. James Moore
Minister of National Revenue
Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics

Hon. Rob Nicholson
Minister of International Trade

Hon. Gordon O'Connor
Minister of Veterans Affairs

Hon. Bev Oda
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women

Hon. Jim Prentice
Minister of Industry

Hon. Carol Skelton
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Minister of Western Economic Diversification
Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board

Hon. Monte Solberg
Minister of Foreign Affairs

Hon. Chuck Strahl
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
Minister responsible for Democratic Reform

Hon. Greg Thompson
Minister of Nautral Resources
Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Hon. Vic Toews
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Hon. Peter Van Loan
President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Minister for Sport

Hon. Josée Verner
Minister of International Cooperation
Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages

UPDATE: Though I missed the mark on most of these, I feel some respite in that it was a large, substantive shuffle, as I predicted and most others did not. I was very surprsied to see the inclusion of Secretaries of State considering that Harper made a big deal of trumpeting his cabinet ministers as all equal back in February. He stressed that all ministers are "equal members of the team, ensuring equal voices from all regions of Canada". So much for that I guess.

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