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Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives at Rideau Hall for a swearing in ceremony of his new cabinet on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives at Rideau Hall for a swearing in ceremony of his new cabinet on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010.

Who went where in Harper's cabinet shuffle Add to ...

• Diane Ablonczy: To Minister of State for Seniors from Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism

Ms. Ablonczy, 60, represents the Alberta riding of Calgary-Nose Hill. She is a lawyer. The PM said it is time for the Alberta lawyer to work on something new; seniors are seen as an important constituency.

• Rona Ambrose: To Public Works from Labour

During Prime Minister Stephen Harper's first mandate, Ms. Ambrose was demoted for what was seen as a weak performance in the Environment portfolio. Her reassignment to Public Works is seen as a promotion. Ms. Ambrose, 40, represents the Alberta constituency of Edmonton-Spruce Grove and is a former civil servant.

• Keith Ashfield: To Revenue with responsibility for the Atlantic Gateway. Keeps responsibility for Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

• Mr. Ashfield, a 57-year-old former businessman, represents the New Brunswick riding of Fredericton. The resignation of Greg Thompson from cabinet (Veteran's Affairs) created an opening for Mr. Ashfield, who represents the riding of Fredericton. It also opened a spot for 35-year-old lawyer and fellow New Brunswicker Rob Moore, who becomes Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism.

Jean-Pierre Blackburn: To Veterans Affairs and Agriculture from Revenue

In taking over Veterans Affairs, Mr. Blackburn replaces Greg Thompson, who resigned from cabinet over the weekend. Mr. Blackburn, 61, represents the Quebec riding of Jonquière-Alma. He is a former administrator and community college professor.

• Stockwell Day: To President of the Treasury Board from International Trade

Mr. Day previously served as minister of Public Safety and for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. He is a former leader of the Canadian Alliance and a former Alberta finance minister. Mr. Day, 59, represents the B.C. riding of Okanagan-Coquihalla. Mr. Day has a reputation as a cost-cutter and is trusted by the Prime Minister.

• Rob Moore: To Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism

Mr. Moore, a 35-year-old lawyer, represents the New Brunswick riding of Fundy Royal.

• Christian Paradis: To Natural Resources from Public Works

The 36-year-old lawyer represents the Quebec constituency of Mégantic-L'Érable. The senior Quebec minister will work with Environment Minister Jim Prentice, an Albertan (Calgary Centre-North), to bridge the tension between two key provinces on environment and energy issues.

• Lisa Raitt: To Labour from Natural Resources

Ms. Raitt's move to Labour is seen as a demotion. She landed in hot water last year after she was caught on tape referring to the medical isotope shortage as a "sexy" issue. Her aide also left a damaging tape on the desk of a reporter in which Ms. Raitt criticized a cabinet colleague, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, and then left confidential documents at the offices of CTV News. Ms. Raitt, a 41-year-old businesswoman, represents the Ontario riding of Halton.

• Vic Toews: To Public Safety from Treasury Board President

Mr. Toews, 57, represents the Manitoba riding of Provencher. He is a lawyer.

• Peter Van Loan: To International Trade from Public Safety

Mr. Van Loan, a 46-year-old lawyer, represents the Ontario riding of York-Simcoe. At times he was publicly at odds with senior members of CSIS and the RCMP.


Finance minister Jim Flaherty and Human Resources Minister Diane Finley, who are respectively in charge of this year's budget and EI programs, stay put.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon and International Co-Operation Minister Bev Oda are key to Canada's leading role in the global response to the Haitian earthquake.

House Leader Jay Hill and Chief Government Whip Gordon O'Connor run the House more smoothly than most might expect. Mr. O'Connor keeps Tory MPs in their seats and out of trouble while Mr. Hill, as main contact with the other parties, has the opposition's respect.

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