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Now That The Cabinet Shuffle Has Actually Happened, We Can Talk About It

August 14, 2007

The event of the summer for the politically-obsessed has happened today: a cabinet shuffle.

Many groups are trying to spin the cabinet shuffle as an attempt by Harper to raise the Conservatives stand in the polls. I don’t think this is the case, simply because the average Canadian couldn’t give a darn about the cabinet (“Prentice-who?”). I say that the shuffle is really a case of fine-tuning: Harper has had about a year and a half to observe the performance of the individuals of the cabinet, and decided to move the stronger players (for the most part) into more important positions, and vice-versa.

Anyways, a few comments on the shuffle itself:

Gordon O’Connor: dumped from Defence. Everybody saw that one from a mile away. Moves to National Revenue.

Stockwell Day: Stays in Public Safety. Considering that all reports indicate that Day is happy and competent in that position, there was no need to move him (possibly to Defense, as the rumors went) and possibly risk the gaffes that have marked his past.

Peter McKay: Becomes the Defence minister, probably for the purpose of trying to negate political damage from Afghanistan. If he fails, well, his political career is ruined and Harper can get rid of him. Win-win for Harper.

David Emerson & Michael Fortier: Stay where they are. It would attract too much attention to move them.

Diane Ablonczy: Gets promoted to Cabinet. Probably pleases Conservative partisans everywhere.

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  1. ok4ua
    August 14, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    Nothing from nothing is still nothing. I’m from Sask and am still wondering why people here voted 11 Tory MP’s who have done nothing as of late. Token appointee of a Sask MP to the cabinet.Who cares? They all read from out of Tory policy which they have to do. All parties do the same. They have the personality of slugs.

  2. Ott
    September 1, 2007 at 2:38 am

    Concerning the Minister Michael Fortier and his brother-in-law, see the site:


    You will discover hypocrisy and apparent conflict about Groupaction and Sponsorship scandal.

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