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FREDERICTON, N.B. -- Margaret-Ann Blaney will assume the role of Public Safety Minister as Percy Mockler takes over...


FREDERICTON, N.B. — Margaret-Ann Blaney will assume the role of Public Safety Minister as Percy Mockler takes over as Transportation Minister in yesterday’s cabinet shuffle.

Premier Bernard Lord beefed up his government’s efforts to foster new business growth in a move shuffling high-profile ministers.

Lord brought in his highly-anticipated cabinet shuffle yesterday, and in a surprise move shifted Finance Minister Norm Betts, who last week tabled an $81-million surplus, into the newly amalgamated Department of Business.

“This will concentrate government’s focus on fostering home-grown companies, attracting new companies to the province and increasing export opportunities,” Lord said.

“I know this team, with the support of our caucus, will be able to serve the people of New Brunswick and continue on our agenda of balance, ensuring we have a strong, competitive economy and help the people that need the help the most.”

Blaney is moving from Transportation to Public Safety and will be replacing Milt Sherwood, who was dropped completely from cabinet.

Former Business New Brunswick Minister Joan MacAlpine is taking over from Family and Community Services Mockler, who is moving to the Department of Transportation.

Opposition Leader Bernard Richard said the one clear signal the shuffle points out is the massive power struggle within the Conservative government between Lord and Betts.

Richard said he’s relieved to see Blaney out of Transportation. He said Blaney made a mess of the department, but is worried what Percy Mockler will do with the portfolio.


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