Federal Cabinet Shuffle
CBJ – Prime Minister Stephen Harper has named Rob Nicholson as Canada’s new foreign affairs minister, taking over from John Baird, who announced he was leaving politics last week.
The 62-year-old Nicholson had been Minister of Defense and was previously Minister of Justice and Attorney General. He was first elected to parliament in 1984, working with the Mulroney government. In fact, this appointment becomes his sixth portfolio as a minister.
Jason Kenney takes over as Minister of Defense from Nicholson and keeps his role as minister for multiculturalism. Pierre Poilievre moves into Kenney’s previous post as Minister of Employment and Social Development, while retaining his position as Minister of State for Democratic Reform.
Harper announced the changes on Monday morning, shortly after one of his MPs, Eve Adams, defected to the rival Liberal party.
The cabinet changes “will help ensure that key portfolios continue to have the strong leadership required to advance Canadian priorities,” Harper said in a statement.