Harper to unveil new cabinet, Flaherty to stay

Wed Oct 29, 2008 1:49pm EDT
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper will unveil his new cabinet at 10.30 a.m. (1430 GMT) on Thursday, and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will stay in his job, a Harper aide told reporters on Wednesday.

"Minister Flaherty will not be moving," he said, citing a number of international meetings that Flaherty will be attending over the next few weeks on the global crisis.

The aide also said the new session of Parliament would start on November 18. Harper's Conservatives retained power in the October 14 election.

Three cabinet ministers retired before the election and Harper also has to replace former trade minister Michael Fortier, who failed in his bid to win a seat in Parliament. Fortier sits in the unelected Senate upper chamber.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; Writing by David Ljunggren; Editing by Peter Galloway)

 
<p>Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a meeting with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty (not pictured) in Harper's office in the Langevin Block in Ottawa October 28, 2008. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>