Paul Martin's second Cabinet: Who's
in? Who's out?
|He's staying in, but who else will make the
cut for Team Martin's A-Team?
Posted June 30 - Updated July 20: OTTAWA - Prime Minister Paul
Martin -- who repeated on the campaign trail that health care was
his No. 1 priority -- appears to have changed his priorities.
"Putting together a Cabinet is obviously
the No. 1 priority," he told reporters at a post-election press
conference in late June.
Martin is not expected to unveil his new Cabinet until all the
election results are finalized on July 19.
In the meantime, Ottawa will become engulfed in a speculative game
of who's in, who's out and which Cabinet staffers need to update
Martin's first Cabinet sent shockwaves through Ottawa as he dropped
22 Chretien cabinet ministers.
It did not include four high-ranking Chretien
Cabinet ministers who may have posed a leadership challenge to
Martin. Martin Cauchon and Sheila Copps sat as backbenchers, Martin
appointed Allan Rock to the post of ambassador to the UN and John
Manley announced earlier he was quitting politics.
But Martin promoted a number of backbench supporters to the Cabinet with
Agriculture Minister Bob Speller was particularly strong when tested
with the re-emergence of BSE and the debut of Avian Flu on the west
coast. But he won't be coming back.
On the other hand, Treasury Board President Reg Alcock, who had gained a great
reputation as chair of the Government Operations and Estimates
Committee, disappointed many. At the peak of the Adscam controversy,
Alcock cited a non-existent
audit of the sponsorship program and later challenged Deputy
Conservative Leader Peter MacKay to step
outside the chamber during a heated question period dust up.
But Martin's first Cabinet was only designed to be an interim
pre-election social club to last long enough for the delivery of a Throne Speech, the
tabling of a budget and the call of an election.
Martin's grand scheme was to coast to a
majority win in the election, with gains in Quebec and Western
Canada. His march to victory was to include a number of star
candidates who he would then put in Cabinet.
But a number of factors got in the way of that.
One possible star candidate, former New Brunswick Premier Frank
McKenna, decided not to run when finding a riding for him to run in
became part of a rich tapestry of media coverage about Martin and
the PMO overriding the wishes of riding associations.
And the sponsorship scandal damaged any hopes of Liberal gains in
the West and Quebec.
On election night, a number of Martin's star candidates won --
former B.C. premier Ujjal Dosanjh and his Quebec lieutenant Jean
Lapierre -- but others were defeated -- former Winnipeg mayor Glen
Murray and Ottawa's Richard Mahoney.
But despite being reduced to minority status,
Martin only lost a handful of Cabinet ministers and a healthy number
star candidates were elected.
Martin will again change the face of his
Cabinet to accommodate these stars and to promote some backbenchers
and Parliamentary Secretaries who have performed well.
Politicswatch.com presents a look at the Martin Cabinet Vol II:
Who's not coming back? Who's out? Who's new? Who's in line for a
promotion? And here come the stars.
NOT COMING BACK
The Western Diversification Minister was the victim of riding
redistribution and fell to NDP MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis in Manitoba on
election night. His defeat and the defeat of Winnipeg Mayor Glen
Murray ensures Alcock's Manitoba Cabinet position and opens up
another Western Canadian seat, probably in B.C. where the Grits
After being a Martin loyalist and a backbencher for 15 years, Stan
Keyes finally got the keys to a Cabinet limo in December. But it
would not last, as the Revenue Minister fell victim to a wave
of anti-Liberal sentiment in Hamilton fuelled by Copps' bitter
nomination battle and defeat, and the McGuinty budget.
Like Keyes, the Agriculture Minister was a 15-year backbencher
who was promoted in December and defeated in June. He may not have
even seen the Cabinet room as he was travelling the country and the
world on a non-stop basis as Canada faced agriculture crisis after
Pratt was an outspoken, defence committee chair who was to put his
knowledge to good use inside the Martin Cabinet as Defence Minister.
But he fell victim to 25-year-old Pierre Poilievre who took back Pratt's largely conservative Nepean-Carleton
A female cabinet minister from Quebec, Scherrer lost by 5,000 votes on
election night to a Bloc candidate due largely to anger about Adscam.
Her defeat opens up the Heritage portfolio and a post in Quebec.
The defeat of the low-profile minister of state for new and emerging
markets opens a third cabinet slot for Ontario.
Here are the cabinet ministers that could be
dropped as Martin shuffles the deck and brings on the stars.
The Dosanjh-Emerson era will end the Dhaliwal-Anderson era in
B.C. and Anderson, who has held a number of portfolios over
the past 11 years, may not make the cut. Then again, some predicted he wouldn't make Martin's first cabinet in
December and were wrong. Environment could also be opened up for Ontario's John
Updated July 20: Anderson was
replaced by Stephane Dion as Environment Minister.
Martin will do some renovations to his cabinet in Quebec and the
Industry minister could wind up on the wrong side. However,
Robillard could surprise as she did in December when no one
predicted she would be named Industry minister.
Updated July 20: Robillard moves to
Claudette Bradshaw x
Why the PM had room for two ministers from New Brunswick in his
first Cabinet is mind boggling. There may not be a slot for the Labour minister this time around, as Nova Scotia
could get an extra seat at the table.
Updated July 20: Remains in Cabinet as minister of state
for human resources.
After almost losing his stronghold riding of Brome-Missisquoi on
election night, Paradis got a second chance to be an MP. But the
Minister of State for Financial Institutions may not get a second
chance to be in Cabinet, as he could be shuffled to make room for
worthy backbenchers and star candidates from Quebec.
The PM has more loyalists to draw from in Ontario this time and
Augustine, the Minister of State for Multiculturalism, may be
shuffled out in a numbers game.
Joe McGuire x
McGuire's been a long-time Martin supporter, but it may be hard for
him to ignore the talent of P.E.I.'s only MP not to be in Cabinet,
Updated July 20: Keeps his Cabinet
job heading up ACOA.
Here's are list of the five Cabinet ministers
most likely to remain on.
Goodale will stay in Cabinet and it's not because Martin needs a
warm body from Saskatchewan. Goodale gets things done in a manner
that is best explained by Warren Kinsella in his rules to
leadership. "Hand the messes to solid, dull, factual, unflappable guys to answer all of the questions, until people get bored and start playing bridge again. After all, that's why God invented Ralph Goodale and Herb
Updated July 20: After all the talk
about him becoming House Leader, Goodale remains at Finance.
Unlike Goodale, McLellan is not the damage control equivalent of a
special ops team. Since being deputy PM, she has contradicted
committee testimony of the head of CSIS and one day, while subbing
for the PM in question period, decided the best way to answer
Opposition questions about Adscam was to repeat "We have
nothing to hide" dozens of times. Still she'll be in Cabinet and will
probably return as Martin's No. 2.
Updated July 20: No change in
Holding the portfolios of Health and Intergovernmental Affairs,
Pettigrew was a key minister in Martin's first Cabinet. There's no
reason to believe he won't be in the second Martin Cabinet.
Updated July 20: Moves from
Intergovernmental Affairs and Health to Foreign Affairs.
After a brief hiatus, Martin brought Peterson back to Cabinet in the
senior portfolio as Trade Minister in December and he really seemed
to enjoy the role. He may not have solved the softwood dispute, but
neither did Pettigrew. It's hard to see Martin dropping the affable
Long-time Martin loyalist Joe Volpe will get to stay in Cabinet and
keep his role as Human Resources minister. However, he will no
longer be "minister for helping Dennis (Mills)," as he
described himself earlier this year after making a funding
announcement for the Toronto waterfront.
ALSO STAYING IN
John Efford, Newfoundland and Labrador
Geoff Regan, Nova Scotia
Updated July 20: The talk about Regan moving to Defence
was wrong. He will remain at Fisheries.
Andy Scott, New Brunswick
Updated July 20: Promoted to Indian Affairs Minister.
Updated July 19: The Canadian
Press reports that Coderre's past associations with ad
execs involved in Adscam could cost him a Cabinet post.
"That history could lead to Coderre being called as witness in the public inquiry into the affair that opens in September, a political embarrassment Martin could do
without," CP explained.
Updated July 20: Stays in but surrenders House Leader's
job to Tony Valeri.
Updated July 12: The Globe
and Mail reports Frulla is one of two MPs being considered to
replace Helene Scherrer at Heritage. "There seems to be a
consensus that the Prime Minister probably is trying to decide
between two candidates," the Globe explained. "One is Liza
Frulla, who won her Montreal riding of Jeanne-Le Ber last month by
only 35 votes, the other is Toronto-based Sarmite (Sam) Bulte, who
was re-elected for her third stint as the representative of Parkdale-High
Updated July 20: Valeri, not Goodale, will lead the
Government in the House in the minority Parliament.
Updated July 20: He doesen't get Defence, but he stays in
Cabinet as Revenue minister.
Updated July 20: Replaces McCallum at Veterans Affairs.
Updated July 20: Graham winds up at Defence, something few
Updated July 20: Replaces the defeated Bob Speller as
West and North
Reg Alcock, Manitoba
Stephen Owen, B.C.
Updated July 20: Stays in, but loses the Public Works job
to Scott Brison.
Sen. Jack Austin, B.C.
Ethel Blondin-Andrew ?
Updated July 20: Cabinet status pending a judicial
recount in her riding.
DUE FOR A PROMOTION
The last time the Cabinet was picked, Dion, the father of the
Clarity Act, was left out. But unlike other former Chretien Cabinet
ministers, Dion persevered and decided to run again and stay in
Ottawa, even if he was destined to sit on the backbenches for an
unknown amount of time. Dion campaigned hard for the Liberals across
the country in the election and his return to Cabinet would send a
strong signal to alienated Chretienites.
Updated July 20: Dion is back in and
replaces David Anderson as Environment Minister.
Nova Scotia should get two Cabinet ministers this time out and
Brison should be one of them. His mere presence in Cabinet would
also serve as a reminder that not all Progressive Conservatives
decided to join up with the new Conservative Party.
Updated July 20: Brison gets a big
promotion, landing the Public Works portfolio.
The PM's point man on cities was left out of Cabinet last time out,
but he should be in this time, possibly replacing Anderson as
Updated July 12: The Toronto
Star reports Martin may create a special "communities"
ministry and appoint Godfrey to be the minister.
Dan McTeague x
Also left out of Cabinet last time out, McTeague has been effective
as the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs with special
emphasis on Canadians abroad. He also remained vocal on consumer
issues in the last session, especially rising gas prices.
Updated July 20: Overlooked again, but keeps his
Parliamentary Secretary post
Shawn Murphy x
As a member of the Public Accounts committee investigating Adscam,
Murphy asked some of the best questions from the Liberal side. His
higher profile should land him the Cabinet slot for P.E.I.
Updated July 20: Maybe next time.
Marlene Jennings x
Point of order. For her work on the Liberal side during the Adscam
hearings, the vice-chair of the Public Accounts committee should be
rewarded with a Cabinet post for Quebec.
Updated July 20: One of five Liberal MPs on the Public
Accounts committee to be named a Parliamentary Secretary. Two others
lost in the election. And the remaining two will remain
MARTIN'S STARS COME TO TOWN
This former NDP premier of B.C. should land a Cabinet slot and a
special role working with his former NDP colleagues in the
Updated July 20: Replaces Pettigrew
Don't think he left the dream job of being president of the Toronto
Maple Leafs to ask softball questions of the Minister of
Infrastructure on Thursday afternoon near the end of question period.
Dryden won't be shut out and he's the goalie for Team Martin.
Updated July 20: Canada's new Social Development
A former forestry executive with Canfor, Emerson's presence will
create a log jam, so to speak, in B.C. and may force Anderson out of
Updated July 20: Another B.C. rookie
MP with a big job -- Industry minister.
His status has fallen, but this former co-founder of the Bloc is still
a likely Cabinet contender. Martin has also stated publicly that he
is standing behind Lapierre as his Quebec lieutenant despite the
loss of Liberal seats in Quebec.
Updated July 20: Transport Minister.
David McGuinty x
The brother of the Ontario premier will replace David Pratt as one
of the Ottawa-area Liberals in Cabinet.
Ruby Dhalla x
This doctor/actress/model can add another slash to her name --
Mario Silva x
A former Toronto city councillor, Martin allowed Silva to challenge
the nomination of Charles Caccia, who had been the MP for the
Davenport riding since the late 60s. There may have been a reason for
ON THE WAITING LIST
Here is a list of a few Martin loyalists who
were given Parliamentary Secretaries positions last time around and
who may be expecting or deserving of promotions.
Gallaway was the Parliamentary Secretary for the Government House
Leader with a special emphasis on democratic reform. He also is well
known for his opposition to the gun registry .
Another loyal Martin soldier who was given the post of Parliamentary
Secretary for Transportation. Karygiannis is known for his
energetic, on-message scrums with reporters after Liberal caucus
Fry was a Cabinet minister in the Chretien government but is also a
known Martin backer. She is a Parliamentary Secretary to the
minister of Immigration with special emphasis on the import issue of
Telegdi was given a prominent role in the Martin sub Cabinet when he
was named Parliamentary Secretary for Aboriginal Affairs, a key area
of importance for the PM.
A known Martin supporter from caucus during his battles with
Chretien, Chamberlain is currently a Parliamentary Secretary for the
Queen's Privy Council.
© PoliticsWatch 2004. All rights reserved. Republication
or redistribution of PoliticsWatch content, including by framing,
copying, linking or similar means, is expressly prohibited without
the prior written consent of Public Interests Research and Communications
Inc. PoliticsWatch is registered trademark of PIRCINC.