15 July 2013 – Ottawa, Ontario – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced changes to the federal Ministry that will continue to focus on creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in all regions of the country.
“Since our election in 2011 our Government has kept taxes low and put our finances on a sustainable path,” said the Prime Minister. “This fall, we will continue on with the work we have been doing on behalf of all Canadians.”
“These changes to the Ministry feature both younger Members of Parliament ready for new opportunities, and steady hands that will continue to deliver strong leadership in key portfolios. In particular, I am proud to welcome four new strong and capable women to the Cabinet table,” added the Prime Minister.
“In addition to the economy, our Government will continue to keep our streets and communities safe, celebrate our history, and promote Canada’s interests on the world stage. This new Ministry will work hard on behalf of all Canadians,” concluded Prime Minister Harper.
Statement from the Honourable Diane Finley
“Under the strong leadership of our Prime Minister, our Conservative Government has delivered on its commitments. We have provided strong, stable government in a time of continuing economic uncertainty, kept taxes low, cut government spending, and put our finances on a sustainable path.
“But there is more to do and we will continue on with the work that we’ve been doing on behalf of Canadians.
“Today Prime Minister Harper unveiled a Cabinet that combined new faces and steady hands to bring that agenda forward.
“I am extremely proud of the work that we accomplished at Human Resources and Skills Development over the past seven years. Now, I look forward to continuing to serve Canadians and being entrusted with new challenges as Minister of Public Works and Government Services.
“Part of my new role will be to further improve procurement processes in consultation with industry – and working on such important economic projects such as the national shipbuilding strategy and options for replacing Canada’s CF-18 fleet.
“I’ll always first and foremost be the MP for Haldimand-Norfolk and I want to thank you all for your continued support. I am also pleased to continue serving this area as the Regional Minister for Southwestern Ontario.
The road ahead is an encouraging one for Canada. Our Government will continue to focus on the economy, job creation and long-term prosperity in all regions of the country – both for today and for generations to come.”