PM Harper Shuffles Cabinet: Rob Nicholson gets Foreign Affairs, Kenny becomes Defence Minister
Ontario – The following changes have taken place in the Cabinet:
The Honourable Robert Douglas Nicholson has been appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs as John Baird left this portfolio last week. Previously, he was appointed Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform in February 2006, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada in January 2007, and Minister of National Defence in July 2013.
Robert Nicholson was first elected to Parliament in 1984 and re-elected in 1988, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011. In February 2015, During his first term in Parliament, Nicholson served as Minister for Science and Minister responsible for Small Business. He also served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
Nicholson was also active in municipal politics and was elected to the Niagara Regional Council in 1997, 2000 and 2003. A practising lawyer before entering politics, Nicholson has a law degree from the University of Windsor, and he is a member of the Upper Canada Law Society.
The Honourable Jason Kenney, the Minister for Multiculturalism has been given additional portfolio as Minister of National Defence. Kenney chairs the Cabinet Committee on Operations, is the Regional Minister for Southern Alberta, and sits on the Cabinet Committees for Foreign Affairs and Security and Planning and Priorities. Jason Kenney was born in Ontario and raised in Saskatchewan, where he graduated from Notre DameCollege. He did undergraduate studies in philosophy at the University of San Francisco.
Kenney served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, prior to his election to the House of Commons in 1997 as Member of Parliament for Calgary Southeast. He has been re-elected five times, most recently with 76 per cent of the vote. He is a former Chairman of the House of Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights, and served in several positions in Opposition, including as Finance Critic and Deputy House Leader.
Kenney became Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Harper in 2006, and Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity in 2007. As Canada’s longest-serving Minister of Citizenship and Immigration from 2008 to 2013, Kenney implemented comprehensive reforms to Canada’s immigration, refugee and citizenship programs.
In 2013, he was appointed Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, with a mandate to ensure that Canadians are well-prepared to participate fully in the labour market of the future. Kenney has been voted the “best overall” and “hardest working” MP by his colleagues in the Maclean’s Magazine annual survey of parliamentarians.
The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development has been given additional charge of Minister for Democratic Reform. Pierre Poilievre was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011.
Poilievre was appointed Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Democratic Reform in February 2015. Previously, he was appointed Minister of State (Democratic Reform) in July 2013.
He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board in February 2006, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs in May 2008 and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario in May 2011. Poilievre holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion.