Kennedy gets new cabinet post
Jerome Kennedy begins his second term of office ascarbonear- Harbour Gracemha in a new cabinet post.
Kennedy was sworn in Friday, Oct 28 as Minister of Natural Resources, Minister Responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency, and Government House Leader.
The switch came after two years in Health and Community Services, the longest time he had served in a single portfolio since he was first elected MHA in October 2007. He also served one- year terms in Justice and Finance, before moving into Health.
Kennedy was the only one of the three cabinet ministers representing districts in Trinity-conception who found himself with a new cabinet post after Premier Kathy Dunderdale announced her new, smaller cabinet last week.
Dunderdale chopped her cabinet from 19 to 16 members in line with her government’s “commitment to efficiency and prudent spending.”
Trinity-bay de Verde MHA Charlene Johnson and Harbour Main MHA Tom Hedderson managed to hold onto their old cabinet jobs when the dust settled after the Oct. 11 provincial election.
In addition to her role as Minister of Child, Youth and Family Services, a post she held before the election, Johnson is also now responsible for the Status of Women.
The youngest women ever elected to the province’s House of Assembly, Johnson also served as Minister of Environment and Conservation before taking over her current cabinet post in January of this year.
Tom Hedderson continues as Minister of Transportation and Works, with added responsibility for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation.
First elected in 1999, the veteran MHA has also served cabinet stints in Education, Tourism, Culture and Recreation, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister Responsible for the Volunteer and Non-profit sector.