P.E.I. premier Ghiz makes minor changes to his Liberal cabinet

Wayne Thibodeau
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CHARLOTTETOWN A P.E.I. cabinet minister in the middle of a political firestorm over a controversial immigrant nominee program has been removed from the department.

Premier Robert Ghiz reassigned Richard Brown out of the Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning during a minor cabinet shuffle Tuesday.

He will now be responsible for the Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry.

Ghiz made the announcement at Fanningbank, home of Lt.-Gov. Barbara Hagerman, as part of a shuffle involving four members of the Liberal premiers inner circle.

Allan Campbell, who was responsible for fisheries, will now head up the Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning.

He will now be responsible for the provincial nominee program, which expedites immigration to Canada for individuals and their families who are able to bring new business and economic development opportunities to the province.

But the program has been mired in controversy, much of it over a decision by the Liberal administration to push through hundreds of applications in the dying days of the program.

Ghiz denied Browns handling of the program had anything to do with his decision to move the veteran Charlottetown politician.

I have always been very clear that re-assignment of cabinet duties will take place on a fairly regular basis, the premier said in a statement.

I am very fortunate to have a very strong and capable team from which to draw, and I believe these changes will be very positive for Prince Edward Island.

Neil LeClair, the former minister of agriculture, will now serve as minister of fisheries, aquaculture and rural development.

George Webster, the former minister of environment, moves to agriculture.

Organizations: Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning, Department of Environment

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, CHARLOTTETOWN, Canada

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