Premier Brad Wall announces cabinet shuffle
REGINA – Premier Brad Wall has announced a cabinet shuffle, sparked by Ken Krawetz’s announcement last year that he would be retiring before the 2016 election.
Minister Don McMorris will become the province’s new Deputy Premier. McMorris will also retain all his current responsibilities, including Minister Responsible for Crown Investments Corporation, Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority and SGI.
“Don McMorris has been a strong and reliable minister during his time as Minister of Health and Highways and Infrastructure and in his current portfolios,” Wall said.
“He is well-respected in our cabinet and caucus and will make a great Deputy Premier.”
The Premier also named Kevin Doherty the new provincial Finance Minister.
“Kevin Doherty has been very involved in the budget process as a member of the Treasury Board,” Wall said.
“This year, he played an important role in dealing with our budget challenges so we could deliver a balanced budget without raising taxes. I know Kevin, working together with Treasury Board and caucus, will help keep our province’s finances and our economy strong.”
Scott Moe will take over Advanced Education from Doherty, and Jim Reiter will also add SaskTel to his current roles as Minister Responsible for Government Relations, First Nations, and SaskEnergy.
Herb Cox will enter the cabinet for the first time, replacing Moe as Minister of Environment and Minister Responsible for SaskWater and the Water Security Agency.
The number of ministers will remain at 18, including the premier.