Former education minister Darin King takes on tough portfolio
Fisheries minister Clyde Jackman was one of the big names to be shuffled around the new PC government cabinet when he was given the education portfolio and education minister Darin King was given his toughest assignment yet .
Premier Kathy Dunderdale's cabinet was sworn in this morning during a ceremony in the drawing room at Government House in St. John's.
Ms. Dunderdale shuffled the deck almost completely, laying out her post-election cabinet.
Ms. Dunderdale eliminated two government departments - Business and Human Resources, Labour and Employment - and reshaped others.
In total, the cabinet shrinks from 19 members to 16.
In a press release, Ms Dunderdale said that on election night, those who voted for her and her party honoured her team with a resounding vote of confidence and a powerful mandate to lead our province forward.
"This Cabinet and our entire caucus is energized, ready to work for the people and capable of fulfilling the trust given to us by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians," she said.
"We have a strong and experienced team positioned at an exciting time in our province's history to drive our plan for more jobs, healthier people, stronger partnerships, and resource development that is right for our province. The next four years will be pivotal in our province's history and my pledge as Premier is that we will work to ensure that Newfoundland and Labrador continues to grow and prosper as together we aim to reach the full measure of our magnificent potential."
Members appointed to Cabinet today are listed below, by portfolio:
Minister of Advanced Education and Skills and Minister Responsible for Persons with Disabilities and Youth Engagement
Minister of Child, Youth and Family Services and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women
Minister of Education
Minister of Environment and Conservation and Minister Responsible for the Labour Relations Agency, the Multi Materials Stewardship Board and Office of Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Emissions Trading
Minister of Finance, President of Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for the Public Service Secretariat, the Public Service Commission and the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation
Thomas Marshall, Q.C.
Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Deputy Government House Leader
Minister of Health and Community Services and Minister Responsible for Aging and Seniors, and Francophone Affairs
Minister for Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs and Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs, and the Voluntary and Non-Profit Sector
Minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development and Minister Responsible for the Rural Secretariat, and the Research & Development Corporation
Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister Responsible for Fire and Emergency Services - Newfoundland and Labrador, and Registrar General
Minister of Natural Resources, Minister Responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency and Government House Leader
Jerome Kennedy, Q.C.
Minister of Service Newfoundland and Labrador and Minister Responsible for the Government Purchasing Agency, Office of the Chief Information Officer, and the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
Premier Dunderdale also announced the following additional appointments:
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Community Services
Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier