National Revenue Minister and Egmont MP Gail Shea has added the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to her list of portfolios, thanks to a cabinet shuffle in Ottawa today.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced changes to his federal ministry this morning following a private swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall.
“Our government is focused on keeping taxes low for Canadian families and businesses and it is an honour to serve Canadians as their minister of national revenue,” Shea said in a written statement to The Guardian Friday.
“I would like to thank Prime Minister Harper for the opportunity to now also serve as the minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.”
Today’s shuffle was needed to fill the void caused by the resignation from cabinet of former Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan over a letter he sent to tax court on behalf of a constituent two years ago.
New Brunswick MP Bernard Valcourt was named the new Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. His previous portfolios were distributed to other members of parliament.
Shea was given ACOA, Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney was given La Francophonie and BC MP Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay was appointed as Associate Minister of National Defence.
Shea said Friday she is pleased with the additional duties that have been entrusted to her with the addition of ACOA to her cabinet portfolio.
“As a proud Maritimer I know that Atlantic Canada has an important role to play in the creation of jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in the Canadian economy and our Government’s investments are helping Atlantic Canadians seize new opportunities to build more competitive, innovative and productive businesses.”
JUST THE FACTS
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the following changes to the Ministry at a private swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall:
– Bernard Valcourt, as Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development;
– Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, as Associate Minister of National Defence
– Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, has been appointed Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
– Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, will assume responsibility for La Francophonie.