In a major shakeup, Prime Minister Jean Chrtien shuffled his cabinet Tuesday, promoting several MPs who have performed well in recent months and demoting some who have been dogged by controversy.
"It is the most substantial change to cabinet I have made as prime minister," he said, after the new team had been sworn in during a ceremony at Rideau Hall by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson.
He also put aside any suggestion that he might leave politics before his term is up. "I had a walk in the snow last night and I'm staying," Chrtien said, a reference to a comment made by Pierre Trudeau before he stepped down as prime minister.
The shuffle brings 10 new ministers to the table, changes the portfolio of 13 others and removes seven altogether.
Among the moves:
- John Manley moves from foreign affairs to deputy prime minister and minister of infrastructure and Crown corporations
- Allan Rock moves from health to industry
- Anne McLellan moves from justice to health
- Martin Cauchon moves from revenue to justice
- Herb Dhaliwal moves from fisheries to natural resources
- Don Boudria moves from House leader to public works
- Denis Coderre moves from amateur sport to immigration
- Elinor Caplan moves from immigration to revenue
- Ralph Goodale moves from natural resources to become House leader and remains Wheat Board and Metis minister
- Claudette Bradshaw takes responsibility for multiculturalism and women in addition to labour
- Robert Thibault moves from Atlantic regional development to fisheries
- Rey Pagtakhan moves from Asia Pacific minister to veterans affairs
- David Kilgour becomes secretary of state for Asia
Newcomers to cabinet include:
- Bill Graham, foreign affairs minister
- John McCallum, secretary of state for international financial institutions
- Susan Whelan, international co-operation minister
- Maurizio Bevilacqua, secretary of state for science
- Stephen Owen, secretary of state for Western economic diversification, Indian Affairs and Northern Development
- Paul DeVillers, deputy House leader and secretary of state for amateur sport
Prominent departures from cabinet include:
- Junior minister for multicultural and women's issues Hedy Fry, who made controversial comments about cross burning in Prince George
- Maria Minna, junior minister for international aid, accused of improper voting in municipal elections
- Public Works Minister Alfonso Gagliano, dogged by allegations that he used his influence to get jobs for his friends, becomes ambassador to Denmark
- Jim Peterson, the junior minister for financial institutions
- Herb Gray, who moves from deputy prime minister to become head of the International Joint Commission
- Veterans Affairs Minister Ron Duhamel will be appointed to the Senate
- Gilbert Normand, science secretary of state