Cabi­net shuf­fle un­veils new Saskatchew­an Deputy Pre­mier and new Fi­nance Min­is­ter

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

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.

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