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Toews shuffled to plum Public Safety post

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This article was published 19/1/2010 (2773 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

OTTAWA -- Manitoba senior cabinet minister Vic Toews was just sworn in this morning as Canada’s new Public Safety Minister.

Toews has been the Treasury Board President since 2007 and was the Justice Minister for a year before that.

He is the MP for Provencher, a role he’s held since 2000.

Toews, 57, is replacing Ontario MP Peter Van Loan, who is moving to International Trade.

In total Prime Minister Stephen Harper shuffled 10 of his cabinet ministers. His main front bench ministers are staying put -- Jim Flaherty in finance, John Baird in transport, Tony Clement in Industry, Peter MacKay in Defence and Lawrence Cannon in Foreign Affairs.

Manitoba's other cabinet minister, Steven Fletcher, is staying put as the minister of state for democratic reform.

Stockwell Day is being tapped to stick handle the upcoming hard times in Treasury Board. The job entails keeping a hold on the country's purse strings, and with a $56 billion deficit to overcome, the government's agenda will include a severe tightening of those purse strings in the months and likely even years to come.

Toews move comes the day after another Winnipeg media outlet erroneously reported he was resigning from cabinet altogether. He immediately denied those reports.

Some media outlets reported Harper had lost confidence in Peter Van Loan to handle the complicated public safety file, particularly controversies involving the RCMP.

Other moves including demoting Lisa Raitt from Natural Resources to Labour. It's believed she is being punished for some indiscretions last year, including being caught on tape making snarky comments about some of her fellow Conservative MPs.

But Rona Ambrose, an Edmonton MP who was demoted to the Labour job several years ago after difficulty handling the Environment portfolio, was moving back up. She is now Public Works minister.

A full list of the new ministers:

Jean Pierre Blackburn (Quebec) -- Veteran's Affairs

Vic Toews (Manitoba) -- Public Safety

Peter Van Loan (Ontario) -- International Trade

Stockwell Day (British Columbia) -- Treasury Board

Rona Ambrose (Alberta) -- Public Works

Christian Paradis (Quebec) -- Natural Resources

Lisa Raitt (Ontario) -- Labour

Keith Ashfield (New Brunswick) -- Revenue

Diane Ablonczy (Alberta) -- Minister of State, seniors

Rob Moore (New Brunswick) -- Minister of State, small business and tourism

On Monday, Toews was beating off a rumour from another Winnipeg media outlet that he was going to resign from cabinet altogether.

However, he immediately denied those reports.



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