Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made New Brunswick MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor the new minister of health Monday in a cabinet shuffle.
Petitpas Taylor, the Liberal MP for Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe, was sworn in during a lunch-hour ceremony at Rideau Hall.
Petitpas Taylor is the second New Brunswicker to take a seat in Trudeau’s federal cabinet after Beauséjour MP Dominic LeBlanc, minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
The announcement comes eight months after health care talks between the provinces and the federal government secured New Brunswick $230 million more for health care over the next decade, including home care and mental health.
Petitpas Taylor succeeds Jane Philpott, who is now minister of Indigenous services, responsible for providing services to non-self-governing communities.
Premier Brian Gallant congratulated Petitpas Taylor on the promotion, saying strengthening health care is a priority for New Brunswickers and that he looks forward to working with her “in innovating and improving access to health care.”
Other changes announced in the cabinet shuffle were Seamus O’Regan as the new minister of veterans affairs, Carolyn Bennett, who goes from Indigenous affairs to Crown-Indigenous relations and northern affairs.
Kent Hehr, who was minister of veterans affairs, moves to sport and persons with disabilities, replacing Carla Qualtrough who will head up the public services and procurement department. Qualtrough’s department is responsible for addressing problems with the Phoenix payroll system and for managing major military procurements.
Source via CBC News