Anderson Reacts to Cabinet Shuffle

Anderson Reacts to Cabinet Shuffle Government SouthWest Saskatchewan  Government of Canada   David Anderson

Our local MP is confident a federal government cabinet shuffle will keep them moving in a positive direction.

“I think that’s going to be exciting,” said Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson. “Obviously we’ve got to continue to focus on the economy and on creating jobs across this country.”

Prime Minister Harper is keeping his core economic team intact while bringing some new faces to the table.

The ministers of finance, natural resources, treasury board and international trade remain in place.

Harper added four women to cabinet as Shelly Glover, Michelle Rempel, Candice Bergen and Kellie Leitch were promoted.

{mp3}andersonjuly15{/mp3}David Anderson Interview”We’ve had good diversity in cabinet previous to this as well,” Anderson said. “It’s a good move and it gives some people an opportunity to get in and be part of some decisions that weren’t able to do that before.”

While Anderson didn’t get named to cabinet, he has been serving as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and for the Canadian Wheat Board. He isn’t sure yet if he will be asked to continue in that post.

“I’m willing to serve in whatever capacity the Prime Minister thinks,” he added. “If I see some opportunities that I feel I’d really like to take up than we’ll move in that direction. I’m certainly willing to continue working with my colleagues. I think we’ve done a good job particularly in Saskatchewan and western Canada. We’ve had a strong economy in recent years.”

As an MP with a rural riding he has paid quite a bit of attention to the agriculture file over the years and is pleased to see Gerry Ritz stay on as Minister of Agriculture.

“Gerry has done a tremendous job there,” Anderson noted. “I think actually that some of the work that he’s doing isn’t finished yet. He’s still working on the trade front… it’s good that he’s still there. He’s done a good job and certainly it’s a good time for agriculture.”

It was gratifying for Anderson to see a colleague get a new chance.

“I guess I was particularly excited to see a good friend of mine Kevin Sorenson (MP for Crowfoot) who was elected at the same time as I was and we’ve been friends for 13 years,” Anderson said. “He’s now one of the secretaries of state on the finance side so he’ll be a very busy guy. There is a lot of work to do there in terms of the budget planning and those types of things.”

“I don’t think he’ll have much free time over the next few months.”

via Local News

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