Charlene Johnson becomes finance minister in cabinet shuffle

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Premier Tom Marshall made Charlene Johnson minister of finance this afternoon in a cabinet shuffle at Government House in St. John’s.

Premier Tom Marshall shuffled his cabinet today. From left are Steve Kent, Felix Collins, Marshall, Charlene Johnson and Terry French. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Felix Collins is back in cabinet as attorney general, and Terry French was moved to the department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development, in addition to his role as tourism minister.

Steve Kent seemingly signaled that he won't be running for the PC Party leadership. He took on the additional role as minister of public engagement, along with his duties as Municipal Affairs Minister.

"My cabinet and I will now continue the work of preparing to deliver a sound and responsible fiscal plan with Budget 2014, which we will present to the people of the province in the upcoming session of the House of Assembly," Marshall said. "I thank members of cabinet and caucus for their support during this transition period."



Organizations: Department of Innovation, Rural Development, PC Party

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  • OneOpinion
    January 29, 2014 - 17:20

    It's impossible to put together a winning team when you only have no talent minor leaguers to choose from.

  • Marshall Art
    January 29, 2014 - 16:37

    A medical condition among the locals has recently been diagnosed as Acute Kentitis, anxiety attacks brought on when one hears that Steve Kent has not ruled out a run to sit in the Premier's chair. Acute Kentitis responds well to medication and complete bed rest.

  • david
    January 29, 2014 - 16:21

    This shuffle isn't any more troubling or surprising than any alert person would have predicted. The sad truth is that no party in Newfoundland has, nor ever has had, any more than a "leader du jour" with enough charisma to mesmerize the voters. Behind them is a gaggle of woefully unqualified, life-inexperienced sad sacks from which to name a cabinet. It has always been a very serious, dangerous, frightening situation, with predictably expensive results.

  • Tina
    January 29, 2014 - 15:57

    Ohhhhhh good to see all the arm chair experts are out in full force with their opinions

  • Corporate Psycho
    January 29, 2014 - 15:08

    Johnson al a Kennedy. Leaves a wide swath of destruction in every department they have represented. Good luck Tom. Thought you had better judgement.

  • mellie
    January 29, 2014 - 14:40

    Funny how Marshal becomes premier with all the powers to do a cabinet shuffle. he was not elected to the position by the people and seems not to have any interest in the job.Think he would have pleased the people if he had booted the whole bunch.

    • Jay
      January 29, 2014 - 15:08

      Mellie, That has to be one of the stupidest pposts I've ever seen. I guess you're also including Efford, Tulk, and Grimes in that category. Or is your memory that conveniently short? That's how our democratic system works

  • former resident
    January 29, 2014 - 13:41

    Funny how Johnson becomes the finance minister even after she wastes tax payers money on a stupid coyote study! What a joke the NL government is becoming.

    • Dolf
      January 29, 2014 - 14:27

      Wasn't she the one who gave Vale a get-out-of-jail-free card with the pollution of Sandy Pond?