March 19, 2014 / 1:37 AM / in 4 years

CBC says Canada's energy minister to become new finance minister

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, the Conservative government’s point man on the Keystone XL pipeline, will be appointed the new finance minister, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp reported on Tuesday.

Joe Oliver, Canadian minister of natural resources, waits to speak in the rain at the pipe yard for the Houston Lateral Project, a component of the Keystone pipeline system in Houston, Texas March 5, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty resigned on Tuesday and his replacement will be announced on Wednesday. CBC did not cite any sources in its report and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s chief spokesman Jason MacDonald would not comment.

In his current role, Oliver has been the Conservative government’s main proponent of TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL pipeline to the United States.

Reporting by Louise Egan

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