Office of the Premier / Executive Council Office

New ministerial role, appointments and changes to cabinet announced (10/05/10)

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May 10, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A new minister responsible for public engagement was appointed today by Premier Shawn Graham, and one minister added deputy premier to his responsibilities. In addition, vacancies in the cabinet were filled by adding two new ministers to cabinet, and with one minister changing portfolio.

The two new ministers are:

The two changes within cabinet are:

The role of the minister responsible for public engagement will be to:

"As a government, we recognize that New Brunswickers want to make sure their priorities and goals are reflected in the priorities and decisions of their government," said Graham. "That is why I am pleased to welcome Bernard LeBlanc back to cabinet to take on this important new portfolio. As minister responsible, Bernard LeBlanc will oversee government's efforts to engage New Brunswickers and become an effective partner to residents and stakeholders engaged in addressing the complex societal issues we all face."

The premier thanked ministers Kelly Lamrock and Hédard Albert for filling the posts of minister of justice and consumer affairs, and minister of tourism and parks, respectively, on an acting basis for the past few months.

The Executive Council is the same size as during the last major change to cabinet in June 2009.

The new ministers will be sworn in during a ceremony at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 11, at Government House, 51 Woodstock Rd., Fredericton.


EDITOR'S NOTE: The complete list of cabinet members follows. Premier Shawn Graham will be available to the media TODAY, at 10:15 a.m., Monday, May 10, at the constituency office of Brian Kenny, 111 Main Street, Bathurst; and at 2:30 p.m. TODAY, at the renovation announcement to be held at Polyvalente Roland-Pépin, 45A, du Village St., Campbellton. MEDIA CONTACT: Communications, Office of the Premier, 506-453-2144.

New cabinet list: May 10, 2010 (* notes change of portfolio):