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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.

  • Chris Alexander (Ajax—Pickering, Ont.)
    Age: 44
    First elected: 2001

    Alexander entered politics after a career in Canada’s foreign service. Alexander was ambassador to Afghanistan and a United Nations special representative in the country.

    Previous roles: Parliamentary Secretary (National Defence)


    Âgé de 44 ans
    D’abord élu en 2001

    M. Alexander s'est lancé dans l'arène politique après avoir fait carrière au sein du service extérieur canadien. Il a été ambassadeur en Afghanistan et représentant spécial des Nations Unies dans ce même pays.

    Postes antérieurs : Secrétaire parlementaire (Défense nationale)
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  • Citizenship and Immigration: Walter Harris was the first citizenship and immigration minister in the early 1950s under Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent. The position was vacant from 1966 to 1994, with responsibility split between the ministers of manpower and immigration and multiculturalism and citizenship.
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  • Shelly Glover (Saint Boniface, Man.)
    Age: 46
    First elected: 2008

    Glover was a Winnipeg police officer for 19 years before running five years ago.

    Previous roles: Parliamentary Secretary (Finance), Parliamentary Secretary (Official Languages), Parliamentary Secretary (Indian Affairs and Northern Development)

    Âgée de 46 ans
    D’abord élue en 2008

    Mme Glover avait été policière à Winnipeg pendant 19 ans avant de briguer les suffrages il y a cinq ans.

    Postes antérieurs : Secrétaire parlementaire (Finances), Secrétaire parlementaire (Langues officielles), Secrétaire parlementaire (Affaires autochtones et Développement du Nord)
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  • Canadian Heritage: This position dates to 1996, when the Chrétien government merged the communications minister and multiculturalism minister into one job.
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  • The NDP will react to the new cabinet at a 2pmET news conference. Here is a statement from Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau:

    “Today’s Cabinet shuffle will not provide Canadians with the real change they want to see. It is clear that the only Minister who has any power in this government is the Prime Minister. Today’s shuffle does not change that.

    Canadians elected Members of Parliament to represent their views in Ottawa, but under the Harper Conservatives, they have had Ottawa’s views imposed on them.

    Mr. Harper is clearly satisfied with his government's performance. We are not. We think that the worst record on economic growth since the 1930s is nothing to be happy about. Canadians deserve better.

    The Liberal Party of Canada believes in making Parliament more democratic and more representative of Canadians. That is why during the leadership campaign I put forward a comprehensive democratic reform package, and why we recently introduced our ‘Open Parliament’ plan that will bring increased accountability and transparency to Parliament. Our proposals will lessen the power concentrated in the hands of the Prime Minister and his unelected advisors, and put it back where it belongs: in the hands of the people’s representatives.

    Unlike Mr. Harper and his government, I will continue to reach out and meet with Canadians as we work together to raise the bar on openness and transparency, restore the strength of the middle class and bring real, positive change to Canada.”

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    « Le remaniement ministériel d’aujourd’hui n’offrira pas le véritable changement que les Canadiens veulent. C’est clair que le seul ministre qui a du pouvoir dans ce gouvernement est le premier ministre. Le remaniement d’aujourd’hui n’y change rien.

    Les Canadiens ont voté pour des députés qui représenteraient leurs points de vue à Ottawa, mais sous les conservateurs de Harper, ils se retrouvent avec des représentants d’Ottawa dans leur circonscription.

    M. Harper est manifestement satisfait de la performance de son gouvernement. Nous ne le sommes pas. Nous estimons qu’avoir enregistré le pire bilan en matière de croissance économique depuis les années 1930 n’a rien de réjouissant. Les Canadiens méritent mieux.

    Le Parti libéral du Canada croit qu’il est possible pour le Parlement d’être plus démocratique et plus représentatif de tous les Canadiens. C’est pourquoi j’ai mis de l’avant une proposition de réforme démocratique durant la campagne au leadership et que nous avons présenté dernièrement notre programme « Parlement ouvert » qui favorisent la responsabilisation et la transparence du Parlement. Nos propositions réduisent la concentration des pouvoirs présentement dans les mains du premier ministre et de ses conseillers non élus pour la remettre là où elle doit être : dans les mains des représentants de la population.

    Contrairement à M. Harper et à son gouvernement, je continuerai d’établir un contact avec les Canadiens et de les rencontrer afin que nous puissions travailler ensemble pour favoriser plus d’ouverture et de transparence, rétablir la force de la classe moyenne et apporter un véritable changement positif au Canada. »
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  • Maxime Bernier adds agriculture to his minister of state portfolio. Agriculture was an original department at the time of Confederation. The agriculture minister was also responsible for health until 1919.
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  • Rob Moore (Fundy Royal, N.B.)
    Age: 39
    First elected: 2004

    Moore ran unsuccessfully in 2000 for the Canadian Alliance and also practiced law in New Brunswick.

    Previous roles: Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), Parliamentary Secretary (Justice)

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    Âgé de 39 ans
    D’abord élu en 2004

    Moore a brigué les suffrages sans succès en 2000 sous la bannière de l’Alliance canadienne et a exercé le droit au Nouveau-Brunswick.

    Postes antérieurs : Ministre d’État (Petite entreprise et Tourisme), Secrétaire parlementaire (Justice)
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  • Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to be Harper's vice-chair on Cabinet Committee on Priorities and Planning.
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  • Here's some background on cabinet committees, courtesy of Library and Archives Canada:

    “A reorganization took place in 1964 and most ad hoc committees were replaced by nine standing Cabinet committees each with their own secretariat. In 1968, Prime Minister Trudeau converted the Privy Council Office into a more businesslike operation by reducing the number of Cabinet committees and providing for more regular meetings.

    "He delegated certain powers from the full Cabinet to committees themselves. All Ministers, whether committee members or not, received committee documents and were granted permission to have an item dealt with by committee discussed in the full Cabinet.

    "Under a reorganization of 1968, four coordinating committees and five specialized committees were established and three main divisions were created and the Privy Council Office received program policy proposals in the form of submissions to Cabinet. When a decision was made, it was recorded and when it was approved by Cabinet, it was forwarded to the responsible department.
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  • Priorities and Planning is considered the key committee:

    “In 1979, under Prime Minister Clark, an ‘Inner Cabinet’ was set up with final decision making authority and the role of the full Cabinet was limited to discussion and coordination. Clark also set up the Policy Expenditure Management System which previewed expenditure priorities and reallocated resources within departments.

    “In 1980, under Prime Minister Trudeau, the Priorities and Planning Committee, which included the chair of all Cabinet committees, and therefore dealt with a wide range of issues, assumed the responsibility for the Inner Cabinet and had authority to take final decisions in the same way as the Cabinet itself.”
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  • Kevin Sorenson has represented Crowfoot, Alta. since 2000. The 54-year-old was public safety critic in opposition and chaired the foreign affairs committee and Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan.
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  • Sorenson also chaired the public safety committee.
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  • Pierre Poilievre (Nepean—Carleton, Ont.)
    Age: 34
    First elected: 2004

    Poilievre was just 25 when he won a suburban Ottawa seat in Parliament.

    Previous roles: Parliamentary Secretary (Treasury Board), Parliamentary Secretary (Prime Minister and Intergovernmental Affairs), Parliamentary Secretary (Transport)

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    Âgé de 34 ans
    D’abord élu en 2004

    Poilievre n’avait que 25 ans lorsqu’il a été élu dans la circonscription fédérale située en banlieue d’Ottawa.

    Postes antérieurs : Secrétaire parlementaire (Conseil du Trésor), Secrétaire parlementaire (Premier ministre et Affaires gouvernementales), Secrétaire parlementaire (Transports)
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  • Candice Bergen (Portage—Lisgar, Man.)
    Age: 48
    First elected: 2008

    Bergen gained notoriety for her legislative efforts to dismantle the long-gun registry. She previously worked in financial planning and consulting, and was a Conservative party organizer in Manitoba.

    Previous roles: Parliamentary Secretary (Public Safety)

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    Âgée de 48 ans
    D’abord élue en 2008

    Mme Bergen s'est fait connaître pour ses‎ initiatives législatives visant à démanteler le registre des armes d’épaule. Elle a travaillé auparavant comme conseillère financière et consultante, et a été organisatrice du Parti conservateur au Manitoba.

    Postes antérieurs : Secrétaire parlementaire (Sécurité publique)
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  • Greg Rickford (Kenora, Ont.)
    Age: 45
    First elected: 2008

    Rickford has been a lawyer and nurse in remote First Nations communities in northern Ontario. He was elected the region’s first Conservative MP in over 80 years.

    Previous roles: Parliamentary Secretary (Official Languages), Parliamentary Secretary (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development)

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    Âgé de 45 ans
    D’abord élu en 2008

    M. Rickford a travaillé comme avocat et infirmier dans des communautés autochtones éloignées dans le nord de l’Ontario. Il était le premier député fédéral conservateur à être élu dans cette région en 80 ans.

    Postes antérieurs : Secrétaire parlementaire (Langues officielles), Secrétaire parlementaire (Affaires autochtones et Développement du Nord)
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  • Michelle Rempel (Calgary Centre—North, Alta.)

    Age: 33
    First elected: 2011

    Rempel has gained prominence defending the government’s environmental policies in the House of Commons. Before 2011 she worked as a consultant and director of the University of Calgary’s Institutional Programs Division.

    Previous roles: Parliamentary Secretary (Environment)
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    Âgée de 33 ans
    D’abord élue en 2011

    Mme Rempel occupe le devant de la scène depuis qu’elle défend les politiques environnementales du gouvernement à la Chambre des communes. Avant 2011, elle travaillait comme consultante et directrice des programmes institutionnels à l’université de Calgary.

    Postes antérieurs : Secrétaire parlementaire (Environnement)
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  • March 13, 1931: R.B. Bennett and cabinet members in Buenos Aires, Argentina. National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada / C-009076

    13 mars 1931 : R.B. Bennett et des membres de son cabinet à Buenos Aires, en Argentine.

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

    November 24, 1978

    http://www.cpac.ca/eng/programs/episodes/house-commons-debates-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
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    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

    http://www.cpac.ca/eng/programs/episodes/house-commons-debates-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 - http://bit.ly/18YtXqr #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…

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    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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