So I’ve been watching the ceremony swearing in the new PM and cabinet. (I guess the Art History paper will wait until tonight, late, to be finished.) Observation #1: We have just witnessed “Belinda II” – how the heck did Harper get David Emerson to cross the floor?!? He was a Liberal cabinet minister and now he’s in the Conservative cabinet. Wow. That is actually a bigger fish caught than Belinda was. He’s going to have the international trade and Vancouver Olympics portfolio. Now not only do the Conservatives have 1 more seat in BC where they didn’t do too well, they have an MP from a big city, which they didn’t really have, they also get someone with cabinet experience, and the balance of power in the House completely shifts – Conservative + NDP = majority. Observation #2: I may not have voted for him, but it is the first time in my conscious memory where I have lived in a riding with a federal cabinet minister. Go Gary. Observation #3: Gary Lunn was standing beside Stock and others in the second row behind Harper in the swearing in ceremony and he is really short. I had no idea. I guess when all you see is someone’s smiling face on campaign signs, you really have no idea what the rest of them looks like. Not that it would have changed my vote or anything.
So here’s a rundown of the new cabinet for those of you who care:
- Prime Minister – Stephen Harper. (obviously)
- Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform – Robert Nicholson.
- Leader of the Government in the Senate – Marjory LeBreton. (she’s a senator)
- Minister of Finance – James Flaherty. (used to do Ontario finance)
- Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency – Peter MacKay.
- Minister of Justice; Attorney General of Canada – Vic Toews.
- Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics – David Emerson. (where did he come from?!?)
- President of Treasury Board – John Baird.
- Minister of Health and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario – Tony Clement. (former Ontario health minister under Harris)
- Minister of Defence – Gordon O’Connor. (he’s a former general in the armed forces)
- Minister of Public Safety – Stockwell Day. (oh Stock…)
- Minister of Veterans Affairs – Gregory Thompson.
- Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board – Chuck Strahl.
- Minister of Fisheries and Oceans – Loyola Hearn.
- Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians – Jim Prentice.
- Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities – Lawrence Cannon.
- Minister of Citizenship and Immigration – Monte Solberg.
- Minister of Environment – Rona Ambrose.
- Minister of Natural Resources – Gary Lunn. (That’s right, Gary Lunn, Saanich-Gulf Islands is proud)
- President of the Queen’s Privy Council and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister for Sport – Michael Chong. (Youngest one in the cabinet at 34)
- Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec – Jean-Pierre Blackburn.
- Minister of Public Works and Government Services – Michael Fortier. (he’s not even an elected MP, not even in the senate… but he’s going to be appointed in the senate because there’s a vacany… and Harper wants to have an elected senate… what the?!? Not a good start PM Harper)
- Minister of Industry – Maxime Bernier.
- Minister of National Revenue and Minister of Western Economic Diversification – Carol Skelton.
- Minister of Human Resources and Social Development – Diane Finley.
- Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women – Bev Oda.
- Minister of International Co-operation and Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages – Josee Verner. (the cool lady from Quebec)
UPDATE: Coyne et al. have nominated Lunn for the new Minister of Complex Files. I’m not sure I like their lack of faith, although maybe that is just my riding loyalty coming into play here.