Ottawa

A small cabinet shuffle

Bernard Valcourt becomes the new minister of aboriginal affairs
Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) Bernard Valcourt speaks with media after being sworn in at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Wednesday May 18, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

To account for the resignation of John Duncan, the Prime Minister’s Office has announced a small cabinet shuffle. Bernard Valcourt, previously the associate minister of defence, becomes the new aboriginal affairs minister. Kerry-Lynne Findlay, previously parliamentary secretary to the minister of justice, becomes the new associate minister of defence.

National Revenue Minister Gail Shea gets responsibility for ACOA and Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney assumes responsibility for La Francophonie. Both were previously the responsibility of Mr. Valcourt.

Mr. Valcourt held several ministerial portfolio’s in Brian Mulroney’s cabinet in the late 80s and early 90s.