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Wade MacLauchlan takes over as P.E.I. premier, replacing Robert Ghiz – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Feb 23, 2015

CHARLOTTETOWN _ Wade MacLauchlan became Prince Edward Island’s 32nd premier on Monday, taking over for Robert Ghiz.

MacLauchlan became Liberal leader at a convention in Charlottetown on Saturday and was sworn in as premier during a ceremony at Government House.

He was unopposed for the leadership of the Liberal party, which holds 23 of the 27 seats in the legislature.

MacLauchlan also announced a smaller cabinet, shrinking it to eight members from the 11 ministers Ghiz had in his government.

In addition to being premier, MacLauchlan will also serve as the minister of finance and energy, aboriginal affairs and intergovernmental affairs.

Seven members of Ghiz’s cabinet remain in their current roles or take on an additional portfolio.

MacLauchlan, 60, also becomes chairman of the Council of the Federation, which is made up of all Canadian premiers.

He jumped into politics following a career as a lawyer and academic, including more than a decade as president of the University of Prince Edward Island.

The next P.E.I. election could be as late as April 2016, but MacLauchlan has suggested he could have more to say about his election plans on Friday.

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A list of P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan’s cabinet:

_ Wade MacLauchlan, premier, minister of finance and energy, minister responsible for aboriginal affairs, minister responsible for Acadian affairs and minister of intergovernmental affairs.

_ George Webster, deputy premier and minister of agriculture and forestry.

_ Doug Currie, minister of health and wellness and minister responsible for municipal affairs.

_ Valerie Docherty, minister of community services and seniors, and minister responsible for the status of women.

_ Janice Sherry, minister of environment, labour, justice, and attorney general.

_ Robert Henderson, minister of tourism and culture.

_ Alan McIsaac, minister of education and early childhood development, and minister of transportation and infrastructure renewal.

_ Allen Roach, minister of innovation and advanced learning, and minister of fisheries, aquaculture and rural development.

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