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Harper announces Cabinet - Baird appointed to Foreign Affairs
Ottawa West Nepean MP has been appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Baird replaces Lawrence Cannon who was defeated on May 2nd. It is expected that Guy Lauzon will hear in the next couple of days as to whether he will continue in his role as Caucus Chair.
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Cornwall - May. 18, 2011 - Prime Minister Harper announced his new cabinet today at Rideau Hall. Many of the same faces have returned to cabinet. Jim Flaherty remains on as Finance Minister and Ottawa West Nepean MP has been appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Baird replaces Lawrence Cannon who was defeated on May 2nd.

This cabinet is tied with a former Mulroney government cabinet as the largest with 39. Prior to the election, Harper had 38 members of cabinet.

Tony Clement moves from the industry ministry to become President of the Treasury Board. Peter MacKay remains on as Defence Minister. Quebec MP Maxime Bernier is back in cabinet after a long exile and was named Minister of State for Small Business.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose, International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda, Agricultural Minister Gerry Ritz, and Environment Minister Peter Kent all remain in their same posting. Peter Van Loan follows in Baird's footsteps as Government House Leader.

There are nine new members in this cabinet.

Yesterday, Vancouver.24hrs.ca reported that Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MP Guy Lauzon may be rewarded with his first cabinet position. "Four-term winner Guy Lauzon could find a junior agriculture spot to represent eastern Ontario", states their article. This prediction did not come to fruition.

It is expected that Lauzon will hear in the next couple of days as to whether or not he will continue in his role as Caucus Chair.

Below, you will find a complete list of the new cabinet:

Diana Ablonczy, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
Leona Aglukkaq, Health
Rona Ambrose, Public Works and Government Services Canada
Keith Ashfield, Fisheries and Oceans
John Baird, Foreign Affairs
Maxime Bernier, Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism
Steven Blaney, Veterans Affairs
Tony Clement, President of Treasury Board
John Duncan, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of Defence
Ed Fast, International Trade
Diane Finley, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Jim Flaherty, Finance
Steven Fletcher, Minister of State for Transport
Gary Goodyear, Minister of State Science and Technology
Bal Gosal, Minister of State for Sport
Jason Kenney, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
Peter Kent, Environment
Denis Lebel, Transport
Marjory Lebreton, Leader of the Government in the Senate
Peter MacKay, National Defence
Ted Menzies, Minister of State for Finance
James Moore, Canadian Heritage
Rob Nicholson, Justice
Gordon O'Connor, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip
Bev Oda, International Cooperation
Joe Oliver, Natural Resources
Christian Paradis, Industry
Peter Penashue, Intergovernmental Affairs
Lisa Raitt, Labour
Gerry Ritz, Agriculture
Gail Shea, National Revenue
Vic Toews, Public Safety
Tim Uppal, Minister of State for Democratic Reform
Peter Van Loan, Government House Leader
Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State for ACOA
Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors
Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification


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