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Harper promotes Glover, Bergen to cabinet

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Two Manitoba MPs have been promoted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to cabinet.

Harper announced the promotions on Twitter this morning @pmharper.

St. Boniface MP Shelly Glover is Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Bergen becomes Minister of State (Social Development).

"This fall a new Ministry will carry our new agenda forward," Harper said on Twitter.

Glover, a Winnipeg police officer for 19 years, is bilingual and of Métis background.

Bergen was one of Harper’s lead MPs in the dismantling of the long-gun registry.

Their promotions come a week after Provencher MP and Manitoba’s senior regional minister Vic Toews announced his retirement.

Meanwhile, Charleswood-St. James Assiniboia MP Steven Fletcher is leaving cabinet.

In an interview, Fletcher said he will continue to serve as MP and advocate for Manitoba.

"I would have preferred to have left cabinet the traditional way — with a sex scandal," he said today.

"There’s been a lot worse things that have happened to me. Today is just a bump in the road."

He said he fell victim to gender and geography. Manitoba has two cabinet positions and Harper has said he wanted to promote more women. That left him and other male Manitoba MPs out.


Here is his full statement:

Date: July 15, 2013 For immediate release


The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Member of Parliament for Charleswood – St. James – Assiniboia – Headingley made the following statement on changes to Manitoba’s representation in Canada’s Cabinet.

"In today’s significant Cabinet shuffle, Manitoba gains two new female Ministers. I look forward to working with Ministers Glover and Bergen to make Manitoba and Canada, a better place. The Prime Minister has stated that there needs to be more women in Cabinet and in politics. I agree. Gender distribution is an important part of any cabinet composition.

"I will stand for re-election in 2015. I am thoroughly enjoying being a Member of Parliament. I look forward to continue to champion causes that are to the benefit the constituents that I am most fortunate to represent.

"Since 2008, I served in the Federal Cabinet as a Minister of State (Democratic Reform) and Minister of State (Transport). I have also been a member of several important Cabinet committees, including four years on Treasury Board and committees that deal with the economy, sustainability and social affairs.

"For the last several years I have been the Minister responsible for numerous Crown Corporations including, Canada Post, VIA Rail, Ridley Terminals, Marine Atlantic, Blue Water Bridge Canada, and the Federal Bridge Corporation to name a few. I am thankful to everyone with whom I have worked. The experience has allowed me to broaden my horizons and understand better how Government works. As an MP, I will put this experience to good use.

"I am also pleased to have the opportunity to be the lead Minister for Manitoba for Infrastructure for the last few years. In this role, I had the opportunity to help develop the $70 billion over 10 years New Building Canada Fund; the largest infrastructure initiative in Canadian history.

"The first and foremost responsibility of any MP is to represent the constituency and this is my primary objective. I will continue to pursue projects that are in Manitoba’s interest and bring them to the National level.

"I look forward to applying my skill set and considerable energy to new challenges and continue to represent the people who have put their faith in me.

"I wish to thank the Prime Minister for the opportunity to serve in Cabinet."


Updated on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 9:56 AM CDT: updates with statement from Fletcher

9:59 AM: adds video with statement from Glover

10:40 AM: Added Storify.

10:44 AM: updates with comments from Fletcher

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