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Dwight Ball shuffles N.L. cabinet

Premier Dwight Ball (centre) speaks to reporters in St. John's Monday following his announcement of a cabinet shuffle. Shown (from left) are Eddie Joyce, Steve Crocker, Tom Osborne, Sherry Gambin-Walsh, Ball, Siobhan Coady, Lisa Dempster, Gerry Byrne and Al Hawkins
Premier Dwight Ball (centre) speaks to reporters in St. John's Monday following his announcement of a cabinet shuffle. Shown (from left) are Eddie Joyce, Steve Crocker, Tom Osborne, Sherry Gambin-Walsh, Ball, Siobhan Coady, Lisa Dempster, Gerry Byrne and Al Hawkins

Premier Dwight Ball made some major changes to his cabinet Monday afternoon, precipitated by the surprise resignation of Cathy Bennett as Finance Minister. 

Liberal MHAs sit awaiting Premier Dwight Ball at a news conference Monday in St. John's at which Ball announced a shuffle of his cabinet.

Replacing Bennett was pretty straightforward: Ball tapped Speaker Tom Osborne to fill the role. 

But a whack of other cabinet ministers changed their portfolios Monday as well, with Gerry Byrne moving to Fisheries, Sherry Gambin-Walsh moving to Service NL, Steve Crocker to Transportation and Works,  Lisa Dempster being brought into cabinet as Children Seniors and Social Development minister, and Al Hawkins moving to Advanced Education and Skills. 

Lake Melville MHA Perry Trimper was dropped from cabinet but Ball said he believes Trimper will make a “fantastic” Speaker of the house of assembly

 

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