The new government of Canada includes 39 ministries. Previously there were 38. Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a few changes, keeping the Ministers of the most important Ministries from the previous government. John Baird is the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, as his predecessor Lawrence Cannon lost his seat after the recent elections. Tony Clement (photo) of Cypriot descent was promoted from the Ministry of Industry to the presidency of the Treasury Board, where he will be responsible for cuts to public services. Peter Van Loan, former Minister of Commerce is expected to be suggested for the seat of the Parliament’s President. Minister of National Defence Peter McKay, Minster of Finance Jim Flaherty, Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq and Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson will stay in the same Ministries. Maxim Bernier, who had served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and had resigned because of a scandal, now returns to the government for the Ministry of Small Business and Tourism. James Moore remains at the Ministry of Canadian Heritage, Liza Raitt at the Ministry of Labour and Gerry Ritz at the Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food. Bev Oda also remained at the Ministry of International Copperation, while Rona Ambrose will continue working for the Ministry of Public Works and Government Services. Finally, Diane Finley will keep her seat at the Ministry of Human Resources and Skills Development.
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