Newly elected Indo-Canadian MP Bal Gosal was appointed as Minister of State for Sport in Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s first majority cabinet that was unveiled today.
Gosal,elected from Bramalea-Gore-Malton,replaces Gary Lunn,who was defeated in the May 2 general elections.
Prime Minister Harper appointed one of his most trusted lieutenants,John Baird,as the new foreign affairs minister. Baird replaces Lawrence Cannon,who was also defeated in the elections.
Baird previously served in Harper’s cabinet as house leader,environment minister and treasury board minister.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Defense Minister Peter MacKay are among the veterans who retained their posts.
Harper has said he won’t surprise Canadians with a hidden right-wing agenda after his Conservatives won a coveted majority. He won 166 of the 308 seats in the House of Commons,allowing him to pass legislation without the support of the opposition.
Former Industry Minister Tony Clement will become the president of the Treasury Board,as former Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis moves in to fill his old position.
Rookie MP Joe Oliver,who defeated long-time Liberal MP Joe Volpe in the central Toronto riding of Eglinton-Lawrence,is Canada’s new natural resources minister.
There are 39 ministers. It’s now bigger than the 38-minister cabinet of former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin.