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Prime Minister Stephen Harper will unveil a new cabinet on Wednesday, his first as head of a majority government. Tory MPs and their supporters from coast to coast are on tenterhooks right now, waiting to see if they'll get a call from the backbenches up to the "show." Although nobody will know for sure until late tonight who's in and who's out, the smart money says the shuffle will produce precious little news here in Manitoba.
The Tories did increase their seat total by two with upsets in Winnipeg South Centre and Elmwood-Transcona. Even so, it appears unlikely at this point that the Keystone Province will get more ministers in this shuffle.
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, who is exceedingly happy in his current job, is expected to stay put. Likewise for Minister of State Steven Fletcher, who is responsible for democratic reform. Other cabinet hopefuls (MPs Shelly Glover, Candice Hoeppner) don't appear to be part of Harper's master plan at this point. The prime minister has a gaggle of new MPs from the Greater Toronto Area looking for high-profile jobs, and Harper would like nothing more than to galvanize these seats with some appointments so that the Liberals can never again lay claim to be the landlords of Fortress Hogtown.
That's what the smart money is saying right now, although prime ministers do occasionally take pleasure making people like me wrong the morning after we've written something.
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About Dan Lett
Dan Lett came to Winnipeg in 1986, less than a year out of journalism school.
Despite the fact that he’s originally from Toronto and has a fatal attraction to the Maple Leafs, Winnipeggers let him stay.
In the following years, he has worked at bureaus covering every level of government – from city hall to the national bureau in Ottawa.
He has had bricks thrown at him in riots following the 1995 Quebec referendum, wrote stories that helped in part to free three wrongly convicted men, met Fidel Castro, interviewed three Philippine presidents, crossed several borders in Africa illegally, chased Somali pirates in a Canadian warship and had several guns pointed at him.
In other words, he’s had every experience a journalist could even hope for. He has also been fortunate enough to be a two-time nominee for a National Newspaper Award, winning in 2003 for investigations.
Other awards include the B’Nai Brith National Human Rights Media Award and nominee for the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism.
Now firmly rooted in Winnipeg, Dan visits Toronto often but no longer pines to live there.
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