Cabinet shuffle unveils new Saskatchewan Deputy Premier and new Finance Minister
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall shuffled the provincial cabinet last Thursday, resulting in a new Deputy Premier and Finance Minister.
The movement leaves Ken Krawetz out of cabinet, as he has announced he will not be re-offering in the next provincial election. Krawetz had been Deputy Premier since the current government took office and Finance Minister for five years.
Don McMorris steps into the new role of Deputy Premier. A veteran cabinet politician, McMorris retains all of his current responsibilities, including Minister responsible for Crown Investments Corporation, SLGA, and SGI.
"Don McMorris has been a strong and reliable minister during his time as Minister of Health and Highways and Infrastructure and in his current portfolios," said Wall. "He is well respected in our cabinet and caucus and will make a great Deputy Premier."
Wall has named Kevin Doherty the new Finance Minister. "Kevin Doherty has been very involved in the budget process as a member of the Treasury Board," explained Wall. "This year, he played an important role in dealing with our budget challenges so we could deliver a balanced budget without raising taxes. I know Kevin working together with the Treasury Board and caucus will help keep our province's finances and economy strong."
Scott Moe becomes Minister of Advanced Education with Doherty's movement, while Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter adds Minister responsible for SaskTel to his current portfolio.
Herb Cox will be a first time cabinet minister, assuming the duties left vacant by Moe as Minister of Environment and Minister responsible for SaskWater and the Water Security Agency.
Paul Merriman will replace Cox as Government Whip, while Wall has appointed outgoing minister Ken Krawetz to serve as Legislative Secretary to the Premier for SaskatchewanUkraine Relations.
The size of the provincial cabinet remains the same - 18 ministers, including Premier Brad Wall. The size of cabinet hasn't changed since the Saskatchewan Party assumed office in 2007.