THUNDER BAY – Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford from the Kenora Riding will maintain responsibility for both FEDNOR, and the Ring of Fire.
“As the member of Parliament for the great riding of Kenora, I am deeply honoured that Prime Minister Harper has asked me to serve as Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for FEDNOR,” stated the Minister.
“Our Government will continue to implement our responsible resource development plan to ensure its natural resources are developed in a way that creates jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity while protecting the environment”.
“I will be a staunch advocate for Canada’s abundant natural resources and the thousands of jobs this sector creates for all Canadians. We will continue to promote Canadian natural resources in new and emerging energy markets, ensure world-class environmental protection and secure Canada’s place as a 21st century resource superpower,” concluded the newly promoted Conservative Minister.
The move by Prime Minister Harper put his former Minister of Natural Resources into the position of Finance Minister, and his selection of Minister Rickford as his Minister of Natural Resource and the Ring of Fire as well as FEDNOR puts the former junior minister into a key role for Northern Ontario, and Northern Canada.
In Thunder Bay at the Chamber of Commerce After Business, the cabinet shuffle by the Prime Minister was seen as positive by many in the local business community.