With just over a year until the next Saskatchewan election, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe shuffled his cabinet today, likely for the last time prior to the October 2024 vote.
The cabinet shuffle comes almost three weeks after the governing Saskatchewan Party lost two seats and retained one in three by-elections held on August 10th.
It also comes on the heels of four MLA’s – including two prominent and one former Cabinet Minister – announcing their intention not to seek re-election in 2024. The four include:
- Five-term Saskatoon Southeast MLA Don Morgan;
- Arm River MLA (& former Environment Minister) Dana Skoropad;
- Batoche MLA, Delbert Kirsch; and
- Long-time Carrot River Valley MLA (and former Cabinet Minister), Fred Bradshaw.
These MLAs join Yorkton MLA, Greg Ottenbreit, and Kindersley MLA, Ken Francis who made their intentions known earlier in the spring.
As a result, Premier Moe decided to shuffle his cabinet by adding two new ministers, shuffling six and retaining nine in their previous portfolios (and in some cases adding new responsibilities for some).
Prince Albert Carlton MLA, Joe Hargrave, re-enters cabinet as Minister of SaskBuilds and Procurement after resigning from Cabinet in January 2021 following a decision to travel while COVID restrictions were in place. Moose Jaw North and first-term MLA, Tim McLeod, joins Cabinet as Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Seniors and Rural & Remote Health.
Six ministers remain in cabinet but are taking on new responsibilities:
- Dustin Duncan becomes Minister of Crown Investments Corporation and Minister responsible for all the major Crowns, including SaskPower, SaskEnergy, SaskTel, SGI and SaskWater, as well as Minister responsible for the Public Service Commission;
- Christine Tell is the new Minister of Environment;
- Paul Merriman is now the Minister of Corrections, Policing and Public Safety and Minister responsible for the Firearms Secretariat;
- Lori Carr becomes Minister of Highways;
- Everett Hindley moves to become Minister of Health; and
- Jeremy Cockrill is now Minister of Education.
The nine ministers that retain their previous responsibilities are as follows:
- Donna Harpauer remains Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance;
- Jim Reiter stays as Minister of Energy and Resources;
- Gordon Wyant continues on as Minister of Advanced Education;
- Jeremy Harrison remains Minister of Trade and Export Development, Minister of Immigration and Career Training, and Minister responsible for Innovation and Tourism Saskatchewan;
- David Marit continues to serve as Minister of Agriculture and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (and also becomes Minister responsible for the Water Security Agency);
- Don McMorris remains Minister of Government Relations, Minister responsible for First Nations, Metis and Northern Affairs and Minister responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission, and also adds being Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, and the Minister responsible for Workers’ Compensation Board;
- Bronwyn Eyre stays Minister of Justice and Attorney General;
- Gene Makowsky remains Minister of Social Services; and
- Laura Ross continues as Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport as well as Minister responsible for the Status of Women and the Lotteries and Gaming Corporation.
Premier Moe also named nine Legislative Secretaries:
- Terry Dennis, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Trade and Export Development, responsible for Saskatchewan-Ukraine Relations;
- Alana Ross, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Health;
- Daryl Harrison, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Energy and Resources;
- Jim Lemaigre, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Government Relations;
- Terry Jenson, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Immigration and Career Training;
- Travis Keisig, Legislative Secretary to the Minister responsible for Crown Investments Corporation;
- Warren Kaeding, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Environment;
- Muhammad Fiaz, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Education; and
Lisa Lambert, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport.
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