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Eight new ministers named in federal cabinet shuffle

Prime Minister Stephen Harper named eight new ministers in today's cabinet shuffle.

Manitoba MP Shelly Glover is the new minister of Canadian heritage and official language, replacing James Moore who is now heading industry.

Ontario MP Kellie Leitch is the new labour minister (and minster of the status of women) and Alberta MP Michelle Rempel was named minister of state for western economic diversification. Manitoba MP Candice Bergen heads up a new file, minister of state for social development. Kerry-Lynne Findlay, who was associate defence minister, is now national revenue minister (replacing Gail Shea, who is back on fisheries and oceans.)

Kenora MP Greg Rickford is the new minister of state for science and technology. Pierre Poilievre is the new minister of state for democratic reform. Kevin Sorenson is the new junior finance minister. Toronto-area MP Chris Alexander was named minister of citizenship and immigration, replacing Jason Kenney. (Kenney is now heading the newly-named ministry of employment and social development, formerly human resources and skills development).

Leona Aglukkaq is the new environment minister (replacing Peter Kent). Rona Ambrose, who was heading the ministry of public works, is now the new health minister.

Peter MacKay and Rob Nicholson are swapping defence and justice portfolios.

Harper revealed details of the shuffle via his Twitter account before unveiling the new ministers at an official ceremony. The new appointments added four more women to cabinet, increasing the count to 12 out of 39.

Colleen Kimmett is a senior editor at The Tyee.

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