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Four in, four out as Sask. premier shuffles his cabinet Add to ...

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is bringing four new faces into his cabinet and sending four cabinet ministers to the backbenches.

Moving up are Dustin Duncan, Jeremy Harrison, Jim Reiter and Yogi Huyghebaert.

Out are Corrections Minister Darryl Hickie, Enterprise Minister Lyle Stewart, Dan D'Autremont in government services and Wayne Elhard in the highways portfolio.

Mr. Duncan is the new minister of tourism, Mr. Harrison will oversee municipal affairs, Mr. Reiter takes over the highways portfolio and Mr. Huyghebaert is the new minister of corrections.

It's Mr. Wall's first major cabinet shuffle since taking office in the fall of 2007.

The Premier says the four outgoing ministers were understanding of his decision to make changes and he assured them he was happy with their work.

"Every one of them was gracious," he said Friday. "Every one of them has said we will serve however we need to serve. We will help."

Mr. Wall also explained the departing ministers still play an important role.

"I need them to help the ministers taking over their files."

As well, Mr. Stewart and Mr. Elhard have both been named to the Treasury Board, the cabinet committee that oversees preparation of the provincial budget and government spending.

Mr. Hickie is now the chairman of the standing committee on the economy, while Mr. D'Autremont will head a new legislation and regulation review committee.

The government will be stronger for the changes, Mr. Wall said. "I think our government will better serve the province if we have a number of people able to step into different roles within the government caucus."

Ken Kravetz remains as deputy premier and education minister. Rod Gantefoer stays on as finance minister and Bob Bjornerud retains his post in agriculture.

The cabinet size remains unchanged at 18 ministers.

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