Harper appoints Penashue intergovernmental affairs minister

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PM unveils his biggest cabinet ever, brings in several rookies

OTTAWA — Stephen Harper has unveiled the first cabinet of his majority government, bringing in several new faces and promoting veteran political pitbull John Baird to foreign affairs.

The prime minister increased the size of the country’s board of directors by one member, tying it with Brian Mulroney’s cabinet as the biggest ever.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Defence Minister Peter MacKay are among the veterans keeping their posts.

Baird replaces Lawrence Cannon, who was defeated in the May 2 election.

Among the newcomers being sworn in at Rideau Hall are Peter Penashue — the lone Conservative from Newfoundland and Labrador — as intergovernmental affairs minister.

Maxime Bernier, one of only five Tories elected in Quebec, returns to cabinet in a junior role as minister of state for small business and tourism after a three-year exile.

He was booted from cabinet in 2008 after losing secret documents.

Rookie Ed Fast from B.C. is the country’s new trade minister.


Few new faces, some promotions change look of federal cabinet list


OTTAWA — The new federal cabinet in order of precedence after Wednesday’s swearing-in ceremony:

Stephen Harper — Prime Minister

Rob Nicholson — Justice and Attorney General

Marjory LeBreton — Leader of the Government in the Senate

Peter MacKay — Defence

Vic Toews — Public Safety

Rona Ambrose — Public Works and Government Services and Minister for the Status of Women

Diane Finley — Human Resources and Skills Development

Bev Oda — International Co-operation

John Baird — Foreign Affairs

Tony Clement — President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario

Jim Flaherty — Finance

Peter Van Loan — Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Jason Kenney — Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism

Gerry Ritz — Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board

Christian Paradis — Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture)

James Moore — Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Denis Lebel — Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

Leona Aglukkaq — Health and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Keith Ashfield — Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway

Peter Kent — Environment

Lisa Raitt — Labour

Gail Shea — National Revenue

John Duncan — Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

Steven Blaney — Veterans Affairs

Edward Fast — International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway

Joe Oliver — Natural Resources

Peter Penashue — Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada

Julian Fantino — Associate Minister of National Defence

Bernard Valcourt — Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

Gordon O’Connor — Minister of State and Chief Government Whip

Maxime Bernier — Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)

Diane Ablonczy — Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs)

Lynne Yelich — Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification)

Steven Fletcher — Minister of State (Transport)

Gary Goodyear — Minister of State (Science and Technology) (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario)

Ted Menzies — Minister of State (Finance)

Tim Uppal — Minister of State (Democratic Reform)

Alice Wong — Minister of State (Seniors)

Bal Gosal — Minister of State (Sport)


Geographic location: OTTAWA, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec

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  • Karl Spracklin
    May 18, 2011 - 23:41

    The writing was all over the wall that the Conservatives were poised to win a majority and NL only elected one....from Labrador. Then there is wonder why NL is not properly represented within the govt. in power. DUH. It is a shame because Fisheries and Oceans should be a minister from NL, in my opinion. I guess the ghost of Danny lingered throughout the election (ABC...) Maybe next time,huh?

  • Max
    May 18, 2011 - 18:47

    I trust Mr. Penashue appreciates that he is expected to further the interest of all Nfld. and Labrador not just his own constituents. Lets hope that he doesn't engender fond memories of Peter MacKay

  • William
    May 18, 2011 - 14:57

    Keith Ashfield — Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. it seems unusual or maybe unfortunate that this minister does not have an ocean in his riding.

  • BI
    May 18, 2011 - 14:40

    Peter Penashue — Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada Congratulations Peter from the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. I am sure you will 'do us proud'.

  • Sid Peckford
    May 18, 2011 - 13:22

    I am sorry that the rest of the country got it so wrong and is out of touch with Nfld & Labrador.We only have one of the best ecomonies in the world and have mananged to get through the downturn with little pain.Sid

    • Thomas Griffiths
      May 18, 2011 - 21:32

      I'm only guessing here but,when you say the rest of the country got it so wrong and Nfld so right could you be refering to the fact that Nfld (The Island) voted NDP or Liberal but the rest of the country excluding Quebec, voted mostly Conservative.If so, you surely got it quite wrong,in the first place Nfld has a good economy due to natural resourses, like Alberta,second due to Conservative policy,as proof if you look across the counrty liberal and ndp goverments are running their provinces into the ground and where Conservative goverments rule things are good,its just that simple.So how could it be smart for Nfld to have voted ndp/lib given these facts.To many people just follow along and do whatever, everyone else does,surely if one thinks for themselves they can see Harper is and will be a better PM than anyother we have had for the last 40 years,so he may not be perfect but he is doing a good job and Canadians who can think for themselves saw it and voted accordingly.Your statment just doesn't hold up,it may be what you wanted but it will not be what's best for Nfld,to the victor go the spoils and if Harper now ignores Nfld would anyone be surprised.Thank god the good people of Labardor were out of touch with the rest of Nfld or we'd have no one to speak for Nfld around the cabinet table.As Nfld carries on the Williams ABC crap who do you think will suffer,that's how it works like it or not,the Conservatives will be in power for a very long time and if anyone thinks the ndp will ever form goverment they are dreaming.So if Nflders wish to be on the outside looking in with loser MP's that can't get anything done i guess that their choice.

  • Scott Free
    May 18, 2011 - 12:29

    The list of retreads sounds more like rogue's gallery; a goodly number of them have checkered pasts, to be kind. Democracy won't be forced upon this lot easily.

  • Murray
    May 18, 2011 - 12:11

    Intergovernmental affairs minister? Oh yes, right up there with the minister responsible for quality footwear. Welcome to the Cabinet, now sit down, shut up, and do as you're told.

    • Derek
      May 18, 2011 - 13:40

      Could be worse.... we could have another person from out of province representing our interests like we had before.