Dunderdale announces changes to cabinet

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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.

Organizations: Rural Development, Human Resources, Youth and Family Services

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  • Kieran
    December 06, 2010 - 12:32

    Just a quick note that "any minister running to be the next premier" will have to a) win the party's leadership convention and then b) lead the party to victory in the election in October. There may be some that say that winning the first will be harder than winning the second given Danny's legacy but it still has to be confirmed. By the way on a grammatical point, and to be true to Lynn Truss and her campaign about the proper use of the apostrophe, I believe the article should read "resign to run for the party's leadership".

  • Scott Free
    December 06, 2010 - 11:48

    Mistake number one for Premier Blunderdale. Appointing Skinner as Natural Resources minister has big oil licking its chops, knowing full well that they can get away with even more than previously with a passive yes-man responsible for, among other things, the CNLOPB. In corporate boardrooms from here to Calgary and Houston, and beyond, they're kicking up their heels in glee in the comfort of knowing that they don't have to deliver on any of the proposed recommendations of the Wells Inquiry and they'll be dealing with the weakest possible cabinet minister in the province.