Ministries of change

REGINA — Provincial cabinet shuffles in two provinces has put new faces in charge of transportation in western Canada.

In Saskatchewan, Premier Brad Wall shuffled his cabinet at the end of May, appointing James Reiter as the Minister of Highways and Transportation.

Reiter was first elected as the MLA for Rosetown-Elrose in the 2007 provincial election. Following the formation of a Saskatchewan Party government, Wall asked Reiter to serve as the Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Education, Property Tax Initiative. His report formed the basis for the largest education property tax cut in a single year in the province’s history.

Reiter was a member of the caucus’ Standing Policy Committee on Crowns and Central Agencies and was also a member of the legislature’s Standing Committee on Crowns and Central Agencies, as well as the committee on Public Accounts.

On the west coast, B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell’s new cabinet placed Shirley Bond as the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. She previously served as Minister of Education and Deputy Premier.

Bond was elected in 2001 and re-elected in 2005 to represent the riding of Prince George-Mount Robson.

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