Minor Canadian cabinet shuffle expected: report

Thu Aug 5, 2010 10:18pm EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will announce a minor shuffle of his Conservative government's cabinet on Friday, according to a report broadcast on Thursday.

Up to three cabinet members will shift jobs, but no senior portfolios are expected to be changed, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation reported, citing unnamed sources.

A government official told Reuters an announcement was expected on Friday, but declined to elaborate.

The shuffle was prompted by House leader Jay Hill's recent decision not to seek reelection, CBC said.

No election is currently scheduled, and Harper told the Conservative caucuses' summer meeting in Ottawa on Thursday the country is in no mood for an election.

A poll released on Thursday said the Conservatives, who hold a minority government, would lose ground if a vote were held now.

The Ekos survey for CBC put the governing Conservatives at 29.7 percent popular support, down from 32.2 percent last month, and only slightly ahead of the second-place Liberals with 28.5 percent backing.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren and Allan Dowd; Editing by Eric Walsh)

<p>Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a Conservative caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa August 5, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>