Nunavut MP back as federal Health Minister

Nunavut MP back as  federal Health Minister
Leona Aglukkaq.

Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, fresh off a convincing re-election campaign, will retain her role as Canada’s Health Minister in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s majority government cabinet.

Aglukkaq will also serve as minister responsible for northern development.

Harper announced his cabinet on May 18, calling the new group a stable and consistent cabinet.

“With a renewed mandate and a national majority, Canadians can count on this government to pursue measures that create jobs and growth, support seniors, protect our health-care system, fight against crime and reduce and eliminate the deficit,” Harper said in a media release.

Vancouver Island North MP John Duncan returns as minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, although the title of the department appears to be changing to Aboriginal Affairs.

Peter Kent of Toronto returns as minister of Environment, the main department responsible for monitoring Alberta’s oilsands.

While most of Harper’s previous cabinet remains in place, John Baird takes over the foreign affairs portfolio from Lawrence Cannon, who lost his seat in the last election.

Fort McMurray-Athabasca MP Brian Jean, who has represented the northeastern Alberta riding since 2004, did not get a place in cabinet.

Five Alberta MPs will be in cabinet, including Jason Kenney of Calgary who returns as immigration minister and Rona Ambrose of Edmonton who remains minister of public works and government services.

Cabinet newcomer Tim Uppal of Sherwood Park was named minister of state and democratic reform, tasked with implementing fixed terms for senators and eventually moving the country to having an elected senate.

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