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Prime Minister Stephen Harper appoints and demotes new ministers in mid-mandate cabinet shuffle

WHO: Chris Alexander, MP for Ajax-Pickering, Ontario
WAS: Parliamentary Secretary to Defence Minister
NOW: Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
BACKGROUND: Mr. Alexander worked in the Canadian Foreign Services for 18 years -- including serving as Canada's ambassador in Kabul -- before he was elected an MP in May, 2011. Mr. Alexander was also a Deputy Special Representative of the UN's Assistance Mission in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2009.

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WHO: Michelle Rempel, MP for Calgary Centre-North.
WAS: Parliamentary Secretary to the Environment Minister.
NOW: Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification)
BACKGROUND: Prior to her election as MP in May, 2011, Ms. Rempel was director of the University of Calgary's Institutional Programs Division. She is also co-chair of the Conservative Party's National Policy Committee.


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WHO: Shelly Glover, MP for Saint Boniface, Manitoba.
WAS: Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance
NOW: Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
BACKGROUND: Ms. Glover was first elected an MP in 2008, and since then, has served as a parliamentary secretary in a number of ministries. Before politics, she was a member of the Winnipeg Police Service for nearly 19 years.

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WHO: Kellie Leitch, MP for Simcoe-Grey, Ont. WAS: Parliamentary secretary to the labour and human resources ministers. NOW: Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
BACKGROUND: Ms. Leitch is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, and also worked as a professor of surgery prior to her election in May, 2012. She also received the Order of Ontario in 2010 for work advocating for children and youth.

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WHO: Pierre Poilievre, MP for Nepean-Carleton, Ontario
WAS: Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport
NOW: Minister of State (Democratic Reform)
BACKGROUND: Mr. Poilievre was first elected in 2004. Since his election, he has served as parliamentary secretary to the Treasury Board President, parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister, and as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Transport.

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WHO: Candice Bergen, MP for Portage-Lisgar, Manitoba
WAS: Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety
NOW: Minister of State (Social Development)
BACKGROUND: Ms. Bergen was first elected in 2008. She worked as a campaign manager for Stephen Harper's 2004 leadership bid for the Conservative Party of Canada, and has worked as an organizer for the party in Manitoba.

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WHO: Kevin Sorenson, MP for Crowfoot, Alberta WAS: MP for Crowfoot, Alberta
NOW: Minister of State (Finance)
BACKGROUND: Before he was first elected in 2000, Mr. Sorenson owned and operated a family farm and auction company.

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WHO: Greg Rickford (photo not available), MP for Kenora, Ontario
WAS: Parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
BACKGROUND: Mr. Rickford was first elected as an MP in 2008. Prior to his career in politics, he worked as a nurse and a lawyer.


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WHO: Kerry-Lynne Findlay, MP for Delta-Richmond East, British Columbia
WAS: Associate Minister of National Defence
NOW: Minister of National Revenue
BACKGROUND: Prior to her election in 2011, Ms. Findlay worked as a lawyer. During her time in office, she has also served as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Justice.

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WHO: Jason Kenney, MP for Calgary Southeas
WAS: Immigration Minister
NOW: Minister of Employment and Social Development

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WHO: Julian Fantino, MP for Vaughan, Ontario
WAS: Minister of International Co-operation
NOW: Minister of Veterans Affairs

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WHO: Rob Nicholson, MP for Niagara Falls, Ontario
WAS: Minister of Justice
NOW: Minister of National Defence

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WHO: Peter MacKay, MP for Central Nova, Nova Scotia
WAS: Minister of National Defence
NOW: Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

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WHO: Diane Finley, MP for Haldimand--Norfolk, Ont
WAS: Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development
NOW: Minister of Public Works and Government Services


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WHO: Lisa Raitt, MP for Halton, Ont.
WAS: Labour Minister
NOW: Minister of Transport

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WHO: John Duncan, MP for Vancouver Island North, B.C.
WAS: Aboriginal Affairs minister, but resigned from the post earlier this year
NOW: Minister of State (Chief Government Whip)

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WHO: Denis Lebel, MP for Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec
WAS: Minister of Transport
NOW: Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister of DEC

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WHO: Gail Shea, MP for Egmont, PEI
WAS: Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
NOW: Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

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WHO: Leona Aglukkaq, MP for Nunavut
WAS: Health Minister
NOW: Minister of Environment, Minister of CanNor, and Minister for the Arctic Council

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WHO: James Moore, MP for Port Moody--Coquitlam--Port Coquitlam, B.C.
WAS: Heritage Minister
NOW: Minister of Industry


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WHO: Christian Paradis, MP for Mégantic--L'Érable, Quebec
WAS: Industry Minister
NOW: Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie

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WHO: Rona Ambrose, MP for Edmonton--Spruce Grove
WAS: Minister of Public Works
NOW: Minister of Health


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WHO: Gary Goodyear, MP for Cambridge, Ontario
WAS:Minister of State (Science and Technology, Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
NOW: Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario)

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WHO: Rob Moore, MP for Fundy Royal, New Brunswick
WAS: Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)
NOW: Minister of State (ACOA) and Regional Minister for NB and NFLD

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WHO: Steven Blaney, MP for Levis-Bellechasse, Quebec
WAS: Minister for La Francophonie
NOW: Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

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WHO: Lynne Yelich, MP for the Saskatchewan riding Blackstrap
WAS: Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification
NOW: Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Consular Services.
BACKGROUND: Ms. Yelich was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 2000.

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WHO: Peter Kent, MP for Thornhill, Ont.
WAS: Environment Minister
NOW: In a statement on his Facebook page last week, Mr. Kent signaled that he expected to be removed from cabinet in Monday's shuffle.
"Although still officially hypothetical, I would be able to better devote myself to my Thornhill constituents," the statement read.

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WHO: Vic Toews, MP for Provencher, Manitoba
WAS: Public Safety
NOW: Mr. Toews resigned last week as a cabinet minister and MP, saying he plans on pursuing opportunities in the private sector.
Mr. Toews had served as an MP since 2000, and became Public Safety Minister in 2010.

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WHO: Ted Menzies, MP for Macleod, Alberta
WAS: Minister of State for Finance
NOW: Mr. Menzies announced last week that he won't run in the next election, and, as expected, was shuffled out as a result.
Mr. Menzies was first elected as an MP in 2004.


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WHO: Keith Ashfield, MP for Fredericton, New Brunswick
WAS: Fisheries Minister
NOW: Late last month, Mr. Ashfield, who is fighting cancer, asked to be kept out of cabinet in Monday's shuffle.
Prior to his stint as Fisheries Minister, Mr. Ashfield served as Minister for the Atlantic Gateway and Minister of National Revenue.


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WHO: Diane Ablonczy, MP for Calgary-Nose Hill, Alberta
WAS: Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
NOW: Ms. Ablonczy revealed last week that, after 20 years in the Commons, she doesn't plan on running for re-election.
Ms. Ablonczy was first elected as MP for Calgary-Nose Hill in 1997.

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