Prime Minister Stephen Harper says making Parliament work is
essential if Canada is to avoid an unnecessary election that would
jeopardize our economic recovery.
"The economy remains the number one priority of Canadians
and of our Government," said the Prime Minister. "An
unnecessary election is the last thing that Canadians need, that
the economy needs, at this time."
To advance the objective of making Parliament work, the Prime
Minister today announced the appointment of one of his most
experienced, senior Ministers to the position of Leader of the
Government in the House of Commons. The Honourable John Baird
has a mandate to work cooperatively with the other parties and make
"Canadians need Parliament to work so that Canada's
Economic Action Plan is not interrupted," said the Prime
Minister. "We want to do our part and to work
cooperatively with all opposition parties to put the economy
This crucial role is the latest of many in which Minister Baird
has served with distinction. He secured passage of the
landmark Federal Accountability Act, served as Minister of the
Environment, and most recently, oversaw the implementation of
infrastructure stimulus, a vital part of Canada's Economic
Others changes made as part of today's fine-tuning of the
Cabinet are as follows:
The Honourable Chuck Strahl succeeds Mr. Baird as Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
The Honourable John Duncan, of British Columbia, enters the
Cabinet by succeeding Mr. Strahl as Minister of Indian Affairs and
Northern Development, Federal Interlocutor for Métis and
Non-Status Indians and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic
"Minister Strahl will take on his new responsibilities with
the same dedication and hard work that he's shown in his
previous portfolios," said the Prime Minister. His
immediate priority is the ongoing implementation of the
infrastructure stimulus component of Canada's Economic Action
In announcing the appointment of the newest member of his
Cabinet, the Prime Minister noted that "John Duncan's
solid work as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian
Affairs and Northern Development makes him a natural choice for
this important role, allowing him to continue to build on the
important work that Chuck Strahl and our Government have done in
The Prime Minister paid tribute to the former Government House
Leader, the Honourable Jay Hill. Earlier this summer Mr. Hill
announced that he will not stand as a candidate at the next general
election following 17 years of elected service to his constituents
Mr. Baird was recently named "Parliamentarian of the
Year," an award decided by votes of MPs and Senators from all
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