Veterans bounced from P.E.I. cabinet

Premier Robert Ghiz announced his new cabinet Tuesday, and two of his longest serving MLAs were not included.
Allen Roach signs the papers that officially make him innovation minister, as Premier Robert Ghiz stands behind him. (Ryan Hicks/CBC)

Premier Robert Ghiz announced his new cabinet Tuesday, and two of his longest serving MLAs were not included.

Richard Brown, who was minister of environment and energy, and Carolyn Bertram, who was minister of health, were not on Ghiz's list. The two were among four MLAs who joined Ghiz for his first term in the legislature in 2003.

Added to the cabinet are:

  • Valerie Docherty, who spent some time on the backbench after a term as tourism minister. She becomes minister of community services, seniors, labour and minister responsible for the status of women.
  • Alan MacIsaac, minister of education and early childhood development, justice and public safety and attorney general.
  • Allen Roach, minister of innovation and advanced learning
  • Robbie Henderson, minister of tourism and culture

Ghiz had two positions to fill. Innovation and Higher Education Minister Allan Campbell and Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development Minister Neil LeClair were defeated in the Oct. 3 election.

The returning members of the cabinet are:

  • George Webster, minister of agriculture and deputy premier.
  • Ron MacKinley, minister of fisheries, aquaculture and rural development.
  • Doug Currie, minister of health and wellness and minister responsible for aboriginal affairs.
  • Wes Sheridan, minister of finance and municipal affairs.
  • Janice Sherry, minister of environment, energy and forestry.
  • Robert Vessey, minister of transportation and infrastructure renewal.

Webster and Sheridan were the only two members to retain their portfolios. Webster retains agriculture and Sheridan keeps finance.

In addition to his position as premier,  Ghiz takes on responsibility for intergovernmental affairs and Acadian and Francophone Affairs.


  • This story previously stated Sonny Gallant had been added to the cabinet as government house leader. Gallant was named government house leader, but that is not a cabinet position.
    Oct 18, 2011 3:41 PM AT