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Ed Holder leaves after being sworn in as Canada's new Minister of State for Science and Technology at Rideau Hall in Ottawa March 19, 2014.
Ed Holder leaves after being sworn in as Canada's new Minister of State for Science and Technology at Rideau Hall in Ottawa March 19, 2014.
(CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS)

New science minister hasn’t worked in a lab, but he has done this

Canada’s new science minister may not have ever worked in a lab, but he may be the only member of cabinet who can claim to have rescued a piece of Canadian science heritage.

Ed Holder, who has represented the riding of London West since 2008, was sworn in as federal Minister of State for Science and Technology last week. A newcomer to the Harper cabinet, he replaces Greg Rickford, who now moves to the natural resources portfolio after less than nine months in the job, and Gary Goodyear, who held the portfolio from 2008 to 2013.