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CPAC Live: Cabinet Shuffle

Welcome to CPAC’s live online coverage as Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits Rideau Hall for a federal cabinet shuffle. Bienvenue à notre couverture en ligne de la visite du premier ministre Stephen Harper à Rideau Hall en vue du remaniement ministériel.

  • On the subject of cabinet shuffles, you can go back in time with the CPAC Digital Archive.

    November 24, 1978

    Watch at 63:20

    NDP House Leader Stanley Knowles rises on a point of order to protest a cabinet shuffle occurring without a statement in the Commons by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

    Deputy Prime Minister Allan MacEachen responded for the government. Progressive Conservative Walter Baker, the opposition House leader, also spoke.

    Robert Andras, formerly the Treasury Board president, became chairman of a new board of economic development ministers.
    Judd Buchanan took over at Treasury Board. The urban affairs department was discontinued, withAndré Ouellet named public works minister. John Reid was named responsible for federal-provincial relations, replacing Marc Lalonde, who moved to justice.

    Minister of State (Small Business) Tony Abbott added national revenue to his responsibilities. Energy Minister Alastair Gillespie, meanwhile, added science and technology. Pierre de Bane became minister of supply and services, with Martin O’Connell the labour minister.

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  • Governor General David Johnston entrusts the Great Seal of Canada to Industry Minister James Moore, the new registrar general.
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  • 24 novembre 1978
    REGARDEZ à 63:20

    Stanley Knowles (leader parlementaire du NPD) demande la parole pour formuler une objection sur un remaniement ministériel ayant lieu sans déclaration du Premier ministre Pierre Trudeau à la Chambre des communes.

    Allan MacEachen (vice-premier ministre) y a répondu au nom du gouvernement. Le progressiste-conservateur Walter Baker (leader parlementaire de l'opposition) a également pris la parole.

    Ancien président du Conseil du Trésor, Robert Andras est devenu président du nouveau Conseil des ministres au développement économique. Judd Buchanan a pris la relève au Conseil du Trésor. Lorsque le ministère des Affaires urbaines a été éliminé, André Ouellet a été nommé ministre des Travaux publics. John Reid a été chargé des relations fédérales-provinciales lorsque Marc Lalonde a hérité du portefeuille de la Justice. Tony Abbott s’est vu confier des responsabilités supplémentaires : celles du Revenu national. Alastair Gillespie (ministre de l’Énergie) a hérité du portefeuille de la Science et technologie. Martin O’Connell est devenu ministre du Travail et Pierre de Bane, de l'Approvisionnement et des Services.
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  • April 13, 1981

    Debate begins at 62:45

    Progressive Conservative employment critic Jim Hawkes uses an opposition day motion to urge that the House “express its sorrow and sympathy for the more than one million Canadians” unable to find work – and call for a cabinet shuffle by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

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  • From the Digital Archive: Stanley Knowles protests a cabinet shuffle announcement in 1978 - #cdnpoli
  • MPs once had to resign and run for re-election before officially assuming cabinet duties and increased pay, to avoid any perceived conflict of interest.

    The practice was discontinued in 1931 but once applied to prime ministers and their colleagues.

    Here’s how the Senate and House of Commons Act read in 1927:

    Independence of Parliament: Members of the House of Commons

    10. Except as hereinafter specially provided…no person accepting or holding any office, commission or employment, permanent or temporary, in the service of the Government of Canada, at the nomination of the Crown or at the nomination of any of the officers of the Government of Canada, to which any salary, fee, wages, allowance, emolument or profit of any kind is attached…shall be eligible as a member of the House of Commons or shall sit or vote therein…


    13. Nothing in this Act contained shall render ineligible, as aforesaid, any…person holding…any office…to be held by a member of the King’s Privy Council for Canada and entitling him to be a minister of the Crown, or shall disqualify any such person to sit or vote in the House of Commons, if he is elected while he holds such office and is not otherwise disqualified.

    14. Whenever any person, member of the King’s Privy Council holding…any office …entitling him to be a minister of the Crown, and being at the same time a member of the House of Commons, resigns his office, and, within one month of his resignation, accepts any of the said offices, he shall not thereby vacate his seat, unless the administration of which he was a member has resigned, and a new administration has been formed and has occupied the said offices3.

    16. If any member of the House of Commons accepts any office or commission…for which any public money of Canada is paid…the seat of such member shall thereby be vacated, and his election shall thenceforth be null and void.”
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  • And here’s how the Parliament of Canada Act reads today:

    33. (2) Nothing in this Division renders ineligible to be a member of the House of Commons, or disqualifies from sitting or voting therein, any member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada by reason only that the member

    • (a) holds an office for which a salary is provided in section 4.1 of the Salaries Act and receives that salary, or

    • (b) is a Minister of State, other than a Minister of State referred to in section 5 of the Salaries Act, or a Minister without Portfolio and receives a salary in respect of that position,
    if the member is elected while holding that office or position or is, at the date when nominated by the Crown for that office or position, a member of the House of Commons.

    Office of profit

    (4) Notwithstanding anything in this Division, the seat of a member of the House of Commons shall not be vacated by reason only of the acceptance by the member of an office of profit under the Crown if that office is an office the holder of which is capable of being elected to, or sitting or voting in, the House.
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  • .@CPAC_TV panelist: Poilievre at DemocraticReform+Van Loan as HouseLeader shows continued #CPC disregard for Parliament. #shuffle 13 #cdnpoli
  • We're standing by for the prime minister to take questions at Rideau Hall.
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  • Here's the membership on the cabinet committee on priorities and planning: Harper (chair), Flaherty (Vice-chair), Valcourt, Nicholson, MacKay, Ambrose, Finley, Baird, Clement, Kenney, Ritz, Paradis, Moore, Lebel, Fast, and Glover.
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  • Jason Kenney chairs the operations committee, with Paradis as vice-chair. Other members: Van Loan, Aglukkaq, Raitt, shea, Blaney, Oliver, Alexander, Leitch, Duncan, Gosal, Poilievre, and Bergen.
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  • The Treasury Board now comprises Clement, Fantino, Flaherty, Van Loan, Findlay, and Leitch.
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  • Rona Ambrose chairs the cabinet social affairs committee, with Valcourt as vice-chair. Members: MacKay, Kenney, Aglukkaq, Fantino, Blaney, Glover, Alexander, Bernier, Uppal, Wong, Gosal, Poilievre, and Bergen.
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  • Diane Finley chairs the economic prosperity committee, with Moore as vice-chair. Members: Flaherty, Ritz, Lebel, Raitt, Shea, Fast, Oliver, Findlay, Leitch, Goodyear, Moore, Sorenson, Rickford, and Rempel.
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  • Peter MacKay chairs the foreign affairs and security committee, with Nicholson as vice-chair. Members: Baird, Van Loan, Paradis, Fantino, Blaney, Fast, Alexander, Yelich, and Wong.
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