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Premier Kathy Dunderdale announced changes to her cabinet this morning. From left Shawn Skinner, Premier Kathy Dunderdale and Susan Sullivan
Premier Kathy Dunderdale began her first full week on the job by announcing changes to the provincial cabinet this morning.
Dunderdale turned over her Natural Resources portfolio to Shawn Skinner.
Skinner’s former portfolio of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development went to Susan Sullivan.
Sullivan was also given Dunderdale’s former duty as minister responsible for the Status of Women.
Before the shuffle, Sullivan was minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment (HRLE). Those duties will now be handled by Child, Youth and Family Services Minister Joan Burke on an interim basis, in addition to her current duties.
Burke has previously been a minister of HRLE.
Sullivan retains her job as minister responsible for Francophone Affairs.
Dunderdale said she didn’t want to make too many changes yet, as some members of cabinet are expected to resign to run for the parties leadership in the new year. Any minister running to be the next premier will have to step down from cabinet when they enter the race, meaning there will likely be another shuffle, or shuffles in the new year.
Sullivan said she is definitely not considering a run for leader. Skinner suggested he wasn’t either, but left the door open a crack.
The new ministers were sworn it at government in House in St. John’s this morning, just hours before the House of Assembly opens for its fall sitting this afternoon.