Executive Council Office
Office of the Premier
Changes to cabinet, senior leadership announced
26 September 2012
Jesse Robichaud, communications, Office of the Premier, 506-453-2144.FREDERICTON (GNB)
Premier David Alward announced today a series of cabinet and senior leadership
changes to focus government’s efforts on strengthening the economy and building healthier, more inclusive
In recognition of the value that New Brunswick’s natural resources add t
o the provincial economy, priorities willbe realigned between two departments: forestry and Crown lands will remain the responsibility of theDepartment of Natural Resources; energy and mining will be combined to form a new department, led byminister Craig Leonard.These moves come in addition to a new integrated Department of Economic Development, announced in
March, and minister Paul Robichaud’s recent announcement of a more decentralized approach to community
economic development at the local level.
The provinces that are succeeding across the country have one thing in common: a renewed focus on natural
resources,” Alward said. “These changes put in place the leadership required to rebuild New Brunswick’s
forestry sector, while at the same time strengthening our efforts to groom and grow our energy and mining
sectors for the future.”
A new department, to be led by Saint John Lancaster MLA Dorothy Shephard, has been established topromote healthy living and integrate a number of socially oriented policies, programs and services. In additionto overseeing sport and wellness programming, the Department of Healthy and Inclusive Communities will workin partnership with the non-profit sector and stakeholders to better address the needs of seniors, young people,people living in poverty and persons with disabilities.
“Our government is committed to working with communities to ensure that we are all included as full citizensthrough opportunities for employment, personal development and community engagement,” Alward said. “I am
confident that the redistribution of priorities I am announcing today will allow us to truly focus our efforts on
enhancing our quality of life.”
Government restructuring initiatives announced to date have created the conditions necessary to streamlineadministration, improve performance and better align resources with government renewal goals.
In anticipation of the retirement of the department’s deputy minister, Management Board functions related to
financial resource planning will return to the Department of Finance. Human Resources will become a separatedepartment. The Chief Information Office will remain part of the Executive Council Office.The following leadership changes and appointments were also announced today to further focus governmentrenewal efforts:
Four MLAs join cabinet:o Rothesay MLA Hugh (Ted) Flemming has been appointed Minister of Health;o Grand Falls-Drummond-Saint-André MLA Danny Soucy has been appointed Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour;o Fredericton-Nashwaaksis MLA Troy Lifford has been appointed Minister of Human Resources; and