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Lafferty removed from portfolio
Shuffle part of planned workload review, says premier

Lyndsay Herman
Northern News Services
Published Monday, May 14, 2012

Premier Bob McLeod moved the Public Works and Services portfolio to Minister Glen Abernethy from Minister Jackson Lafferty last month.

McLeod said the decision was made in light of a planned workload review and would allow Lafferty to focus more closely on education.

"Education is a very important portfolio so I wanted to put an increased focus on it and also to balance the workload with Minister Abernethy." He added that Lafferty was not given a new portfolio in replacement due to the demands of his current roles as Deputy Premier, Minister Responsible for Worker's Safety and Compensation Commission, and Minister of Education, Culture and Employment.

Abernethy's roles as of April 25 were Minister of Justice, Minister of Human Resources, Minister Responsible for Public Utilities Board, and Minister of Public Works and Services.

Post-shuffle, McLeod said he's happy with the current allocation of portfolios.

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