Kennedy gets new cabi­net post

The Compass - - P2011ORTHTE -

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.

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