Canada: Let's Do the Shuffle

Let's Do the Shuffle

Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney last week announced a complete reorganization of his Cabinet. Six ministers were removed, eight were added, and more than a dozen portfolios changed hands. Opposition leaders interpreted the shake-up as a response to public-opinion polls indicating that support for Mulroney's Progressive Conservative Party has dropped dramatically since the 1984 general election.

The biggest loser in the shuffle was former Deputy Prime Minister Erik Nielsen. The intensely partisan Nielsen was replaced by former Transportation Minister Donald Frank Mazankowski, who is much less contentious.

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