Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Cabinet update(s)

The cover of some editions of the Globe & Mail have big above-the-fold pictures of Maxime Bernier, Peter MacKay and Jim Prentice. The paper reports that Bernier will go to foreign affiars, MacKay to defence and Prentice to industry. Which would make me 0 for 3.

Watch here for updates and the names break and the shuffle occurs.

UPDATE #1

From the PMO press office:

Public events for Prime Minister Stephen Harper for Tuesday, August 14th are:

3:45 p.m. – Prime Minister Harper will attend a swearing-in ceremony of new Members of the Ministerial team.

Rideau Hall
1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON

5:30 p.m. – Prime Minister Harper will deliver a brief statement concerning his new Ministry.

Prime Minister’s Residence
24 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON
So the shuffle will begin at 4:45 Atlantic, so shortly after you start your supper you'll know the answers ;)

UPDATE #2

A new record! Almost every single prediction was wrong!!!! Hooray for me. Skelton did infact leave the cabinet. All of my ministerial guesses were wrong. The only area where I was right was that no one who moved in January was re-moved.

In case you've not seen it elsewhere...

O'Connor moved out of Defence to Revenue while Revenue minister Carol Skelton moved out of the cabinet.

MacKay moved to take Defence, while Bernier took his job at Foreign Affairs and Prentice took Industry, Strahl took Indian Affairs, Ritz (a junior minister) took Agricutlure and Diane Ablonczy finally, sort of, joined cabinet as junior minister for small business and tourism (Ritz's old job).

Finally two ladies did the old switcharoo with Oda going to International Cooperation and Verner to Heritage.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

And,do we really care? NO!

nbpolitico said...

Well, I do. I guess who governs my country is of some revelence to me and most Canadians.

NB taxpayer said...

A couple more re-gifting shuffles like this one are bound to get a few backbenchers in a tizzy.

Aside from that, I bet you Monte Solberg showing up really threw a few media blackberries into overdrive. You gotta love Ottawa.

Anonymous said...

I think McKay going to Defence will help him in Nova Scotia. God knows he needs it

Anonymous said...

And I think McKay going to Defence will hurt him in Nova Scotia. As we all know, the Atlantic provinces are over-represented in the military. I didn't catch who it was, but one commentor on the news tonight suggested that McKay was going from the frying pan into the fire.

This puts him in a really tough spot. Methinks that is where Harper wants him. One more PC gone, perhaps.

le politico said...

Peter McKay has been disappointing as a minister to date, to say the least.

I think he knows that too, and I bet he asked for defense so he can prove his value.

I was sure Stock was going to get defense though..

Rob said...

In response to the shuffle, Moncton MP Brian Murphy said he was unimpressed, as Greg Thompson remained our voice in Cabinet. Murphy accused Thompson as being ineffective.

For a silent rookie MP who has really accomplished little in Parliament, the MP for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe is certainly throwing stones in his glass house.