Stewart retains Sask. ag minister post

Saskatchewan agriculture minister Lyle Stewart retained his portfolio after a cabinet shuffle announced earlier today.
He said he was pleased to stay on and work to achieve the agricultural goals set out in the province’s growth plan.
The shuffle saw veteran minister Ken Cheveldayoff, who had been environment minister and minister responsible for Water Security Agency, moved to government house leader.

Scott Moe, MLA for Rosthern-Shellbrook, had been serving as a legislative secretary to Stewart but now takes over from Cheveldayoff.

He is one of three cabinet rookies: Jennifer Campeau from Saskatoon Fairview takes on central services and Saskatchewan Transportation Corp. and Mark Docherty, from Regina Coronation Park becomes minister of parks, culture and sport and the Provincial Capital Commission.

Returning to cabinet is Jeremy Harrison from Meadow Lake. He is associate minister of the economy and is responsible for trade, tourism, innovation and immigration.

Tim McMillan, from Lloydminster, had been associate economy minister but is now responsible for rural and remote health.

Veteran minister Don McMorris leaves highways to take on Crown Investments Corp., Sask. Liquor and Gaming Authority, Sask. Government Insurance, the Public Service Commission and Lean initiatives.

He has been tasked with investigation options for more privatized liquor retailers.

Nancy Heppner moves from central services to highways and infrastructure, Donna Harpauer from CIC to social services and Kevin Doherty from parks to advanced education.

Those who retained their current portfolios, aside from Stewart, are deputy premier and finance minister Ken Krawetz, economy minister Bill Boyd, health minister Dustin Duncan, education and labour minister Don Morgan, government relations and First Nations minister Jim Reiter, corrections and policing minister Christine Tell and justice minister Gordon Wyant.

Other appointments included: deputy government house leader Corey Tochor, whip Greg Ottenbreit and deputy whip Fred Bradshaw.

Nadine Wilson is provincial secretary and legislative secretary to the premier.

Six new legislative secretaries were appointed: Greg Brkich on the rail transportation initiative; Larry Doke for highways, Wayne Elhard for international and diplomatic engagement, Victoria Jurgens for northern Saskatchewan, Warren Michelson for manufacturing and Roger Parent for SaskBuilds’ Priority Saskatchewan initiative.

Russ Marchuk, Paul Merriman, Kevin Phillips and Greg Lawrence maintain existing legislative secretary duties.

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