Harper shuffles his cabinet

'Minor' shuffle sees Fantino welcomed into cabinet, Kent take over environment portfolio

The Conservative government had rolled out its new cabinet picks for the New Year, adding more speculative fuel to the 2011 electoral fire. Julian Fantino, the newly elected Vaughan MP and former OPP commissioner, has been appointed to a junior cabinet post as minister of state for seniors, a post formerly occupied by Diane Ablonczy, now Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs). Perhaps the most anticipated announcement was who would be taking the reins from John Baird as Environment Minister following Jim Prentice’s departure to CIBC, and the answer is… former Global News anchor Peter Kent, who had previously held the post now occupied by Ablonczy.

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