January 4, 2011 / 2:59 PM / in 7 years

Harper names Peter Kent as environment minister

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada’s prime minister named Peter Kent, the former minister of state for foreign affairs, as environment minister on Tuesday in a cabinet shuffle described as a minor tweak designed to fill a vacancy.

<p>Canada's Minister of State of Foreign Affairs Peter Kent speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa November 22, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Wattie (</p>

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty remains in his post, which he has held since 2006, signaling no plans for a shift in economic policy.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was forced to reorganize his cabinet after former environment minister, Jim Prentice, stepped down last November to take a senior position at a commercial bank.

Reporting by Louise Egan; editing by Peter Galloway

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