Sixteen days after his Conservative party won a strengthened minority government in federal elections, Harper left Finance Minister Jim Flaherty in his position, the Ottawa Citizen reported. Senior government officials said by doing so, Harper wanted to show political stability during the global economic downturn, the newspaper said.
Only one notable switch was made, with Lawrence Cannon, former minister for transport and infrastructure being moved to lead the ministry of foreign affairs. Former environment minister John Baird will assume Cannon's role and a $30 billion infrastructure budget, the newspaper said.
Parliament is scheduled to reconvene Nov. 18, and a day later, Governor-General Michaelle Jean will read the speech from the throne, outlining Harper's agenda for the coming session.
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