Office of the Premier
Premier announces changes to cabinet22 June 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A number of changes to cabinet were announced today by Premier Shawn Graham.
Graham said that these changes will provide long-serving senior ministers with new challenges and opportunities and strengthen the entire Executive Council as government works to put in place its five-point plan to strengthen New Brunswick's economy.
"I want to thank my seven colleagues for their hard work and their dedication to their portfolios," said Graham. "All of them have served our government and their departments admirably since we took office in the fall of 2006. I know they will carry out their new duties with the same level of dedication and commitment as we work together to strengthen our economy and bring New Brunswick closer to self-sufficiency."
Seven ministers will assume responsibility for new portfolios:
Victor Boudreau, minister of finance, becomes minister of Business New Brunswick;
Greg Byrne, minister of Business New Brunswick, becomes minister of finance (Energy Minister Jack Keir will assume duties as acting minister of finance until Byrne resumes duties following recent surgery);
T.J. Burke, minister of justice and consumer affairs and attorney general, becomes minister of environment;
Roland Haché, minister of environment, becomes minister of education;
Kelly Lamrock, minister of education, becomes minister of social development and minister responsible for housing. He remains minister responsible for the New Brunswick Provincial Capital Commission;
Michael Murphy, minister of health, becomes minister of justice and consumer affairs and attorney general. He remains government house leader; and
Mary Schryer, minister of social development, becomes minister of health. She remains minister responsible for the status of women.
"I want to especially thank Energy Minister Jack Keir for serving as acting minister for Business New Brunswick during Greg Byrne's recent absence," Graham said. "Once again, he stepped up to take on another demanding portfolio in addition to his already busy mandate as minister of energy."
The changes in portfolio are effective today.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The complete list of cabinet members follows. Graham will participate in a media scrum at 1 p.m. TODAY, in front of Room 112, Centennial Building, 670 King St., Fredericton.
New cabinet list - June 2009 (* notes change of portfolio)
|Shawn Graham||Premier; President of the Executive Council; Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs; and Minister responsible for the Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons|
|Michael Murphy*||Attorney General; Minister of Justice and Consumer Affairs; and Government House Leader|
|John Foran||Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General|
|Greg Byrne*||Minister of Finance; Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation; Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Investment Management Corporation; and Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corporation|
|Edward Doherty||Minister of Supply and Services|
|Denis Landry||Minister of Transportation|
|Wally Stiles||Minister of Natural Resources|
|Jack Keir||Minister of Energy; and Minister responsible for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Agency of New Brunswick|
|Ronald Ouellette||Minister of Agriculture and Aquaculture|
|Rick Doucet||Minister of Fisheries|
|Mary Schryer*||Minister of Health; and Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women|
|Hédard Albert||Minister of Wellness, Culture and Sport; and Minister responsible for La Francophonie|
|Kelly Lamrock*||Minister of Social Development; Minister of State for Housing; and Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Provincial Capital Commission|
|Rick Brewer||Minister of Human Resources; and Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs|
|Donald Arseneault||Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour; and Minister responsible for the Northern New Brunswick Initiative|
|Roland Haché*||Minister of Education.|
|T.J. Burke*||Minister of Environment|
|Bernard LeBlanc||Minister of Local Government|
|Victor Boudreau*||Minister of Business New Brunswick; Minister responsible for Service New Brunswick; Minister responsible for the Population Growth Secretariat; Minister responsible for Communications New Brunswick; Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation; and Minister responsible for Red Tape Reduction|
|Stuart Jamieson||Minister of Tourism and Parks|
|Brian Kenny||Minister of State for Seniors; and Minister responsible for the Community Non-profit Organizations Secretariat|