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The 39th Parliament

Cabinet shuffle at a glance

Last Updated Aug. 14, 2007

The changes
  New Old
Cabinet
Peter MacKay
Defence Foreign Affairs
Cabinet
Maxime Bernier
Foreign Affairs Industry
Cabinet
Jim Prentice
Industry Indian affairs and northern development and federal interlocutor for Metis and non-status Indians
Cabinet
Josee Verner
Heritage Minister responsible for CIDA and la francophonie
Cabinet
Bev Oda
International Cooperation Canadian heritage and status of women
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Gerry Ritz
Agriculture and Canadian Wheat Board Secretary of state for small business and tourism.
Cabinet
Chuck Strahl
Indian Affairs Agriculture and minister for the Canadian Wheat Board
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Diane Ablonczy
Secretary of State for Tourism and Small Business  
Cabinet
Gordon O'Connor
National Revenue Defence

New cabinet after the shuffle, changes in bold:

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
  • Robert Nicholson, justice; attorney general.
  • David Emerson, international trade; minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics.
  • Jean-Pierre Blackburn, labour; minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for Quebec.
  • Greg Thompson, veterans affairs.
  • Marjory LeBreton, government leader in the Senate; secretary of state for seniors.
  • Monte Solberg, human resources and social development.
  • Gerry Ritz, agriculture and agri-food; minister for the Canadian Wheat Board.
  • Gary Lunn, natural resources.
  • Maxime Bernier, foreign affairs.
  • Loyola Hearn, fisheries and oceans.
  • Stockwell Day, public safety.
  • Gordon O'Connor, national revenue.
  • Vic Toews, Treasury Board.
  • Rona Ambrose, intergovernmental affairs; western economic diversification; president of the Privy Council.
  • Diane Finley, citizenship and immigration.
  • Peter MacKay, national defence; minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
  • Jos�e Verner, Canadian heritage and status of women; official languages.
  • Chuck Strahl, Indian affairs and northern development; federal interlocutor for M�tis and non-status Indians.
  • John Baird, environment.
  • Jim Prentice, industry.
  • Lawrence Cannon, transport, infrastructure and communities.
  • Tony Clement, health; minister for the federal economic development initiative for northern Ontario.
  • Jim Flaherty, finance.
  • Bev Oda, international co-operation.
  • Michael Fortier, public works and government services.
  • Peter Van Loan, government House leader; democratic reform.
  • Jay Hill, government whip and secretary of state.
  • Jason Kenney, secretary of state for multiculturalism and Canadian identity.
  • Diane Ablonczy, secretary of state for small business and tourism.
  • Helena Guergis, secretary of state for foreign affairs and international trade; secretary of state for sport.
  • Christian Paradis, secretary of state for agriculture.

New faces

Diane Ablonczy
Secretary of state for small business and tourism
Calgary-Nose Hill, Alta.

The long-serving politician replaced retiring Saskatchewan MP Carol Skelton as the seventh woman at the cabinet table. A former Reform Party stalwart and long-time Harper loyalist, she was overlooked in previous Harper cabinets, despite strong performances during the party's time in Opposition. Ablonczy was appointed parliamentary secretary to the minister of finance in 2006 and served on the public accounts committee investigating the federal sponsorship scandal.

Prior to her 1993 election, Ablonczy taught elementary and junior high school, managed a grain farm operation and had her own law practice.

Gerry Ritz
Minister of agriculture
Battlefords-Lloydminster, Sask.

A Saskatchewan grain farmer and strong advocate of dismantling the Canadian Wheat Board, Ritz is the new agriculture minister, taking over from Chuck Strahl. He was promoted from his previous post as secretary of state for small business and tourism.

In July 2007, a federal court judge blocked the government's cabinet order to strip the Wheat Board of its monopoly on western barley sales. Federal Court Judge Dolores Hansen said the government overstepped its authority. Ritz will likely be crafting the government's response to that ruling.

Out of cabinet

Carol Skelton is the only minister to be removed from the cabinet. O'Connor takes over her role as minister of national revenue. Skelton had already announced she would not seek re-election.

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