PM plans minor cabinet shuffle Tuesday: report

Mon Jan 18, 2010 4:19pm EST
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will carry out a minor shuffle of his cabinet on Tuesday, CTV television and a source in the ruling Conservative Party said on Monday.

A Harper spokesman declined to comment. Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson announced on Saturday he was quitting after almost four years in the post, obliging Harper to make at least one change.

Officials said last week that Harper was looking at a possible cabinet shuffle, while making it clear that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Defense Minister Peter MacKay would stay in their posts if changes were made.

Sources close to Treasury Board Minister Vic Toews denied media speculation on Monday that he might also be quitting.

Harper last shuffled his cabinet on October 30, 2008, two weeks after he won a strengthened minority in a federal election.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Peter Galloway)

 
<p>Prime Minister Stephen Harper listens to a reporter's question during a news conference about Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti in Ottawa January 16, 2010. REUTERS/Blair Gable</p>