Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Harper Announces New Cabinet

Harper announced his new cabinet today. Many of the same Ministers got the same portfolios, like Peter MacKay (barf!) who is still Minister of Defense. Mr. MacKay and his father have held the same riding in Nova Scotia, where my parents live, for many years. I have never voted in that riding, as I moved away before I was old enough, but I can tell you that it would have been fun to vote for Elizabeth May in the last election. My hometown riding did not do her justice then; BC elected her to the House this time around, the only Green Party candidate to make it that far.
Another Minister who kept his portfolio is Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. That is a damn scary portfolio in the hands of a Conservative. He ordered sections about gay rights removed from Canada's citizenship study guide for new immigrants, although he denied any such involvement, stating that someone at the Minister's office made such demands on his behalf. And that's only the beginning, you can find many more scary facts about Jason Kenney if you look around.
Minutes after Prime Minister Harper finished answering media questions about the Cabinet shuffle his office sent out a release announcing that three defeated Conservatives were awarded seats in the Senate, thus avoiding addressing the issue in public. An article in the Globe and Mail offers an interested take on how these Senate appointments will play in Jack Layton's favor in 4 years. Another article found on Yahoo News suggests that the appointments may have been illegal, if the Senators were given assurances on Senate appointments if they lost the election. We are in for a crazy next few years...

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