Premier Tom Marshall has added three new faces to his cabinet table, just two months before his successor is expected to take office.
'I don’t think it would be fair to the people of the province if ministers had to double up.'- Premier Tom Marshall
The changes were, in part, made necessary by the re-started Tory leadership race. Paul Davis and Steve Kent had to step down from their cabinet posts to join that contest.
Another longtime minister, Joan Shea, retired from politics last month.
“We had three positions to fill, and that’s essentially what we did,” Marshall said.
While there will be another major shuffle after the PCs pick their new leader, Marshall said promoting new ministers was still the right move.
“You know I think it wouldn’t be fair to the ministers if they had to double up,” he said.
“I don’t think it would be fair to the people of the province if ministers had to double up.”
Corner Brook-area MHA Vaughn Granter takes on the environment and conservation portfolio, while Tony Cornect becomes minister of tourism, culture and recreation. Cornect represents a Stephenville-area district.
Conception Bay East-Bell Island MHA David Brazil is the third new face at the cabinet table, assuming duties at Service NL.
The shuffle saw some other familiar faces take on new jobs.
Clyde Jackman is the new health minister, while Dan Crummell is now handling municipal and intergovernmental affairs. Those were the portfolios that were held by Davis and Kent.
Sandy Collins moves from tourism to child, youth and family services.
The provincial PCs are set to pick a new leader on Sept. 13. The winning candidate will become Newfoundland and Labrador's 12th premier.
This is the third cabinet shuffle in less than seven months. Marshall became premier in January after Kathy Dunderdale stepped down.
Corner Brook businessman Frank Coleman was set to replace Marshall unopposed as Tory leader this month.
But Coleman quit before ever taking on the job, citing family reasons. That forced the Tories to re-open the race.