Cabinet shuffle prompts calls for more ministers of state

The appointment of a new minister of state of foreign affairs for the Americas in the last Cabinet shuffle on Jan. 4 has reinforced the Harper government's foreign policy focus on the region. But it has also sparked debate over the need and effectiveness of having similar positions to represent other parts of the world—especially amidst growing frustration over the diplomatic community's lack of access to Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon.

Diane Ablonczy.
Anca Gurzu
Published: Wednesday, 01/12/2011 12:00 am EST

The appointment of a new minister of state of foreign affairs for the Americas in the last Cabinet shuffle on Jan. 4 has reinforced the Harper government's foreign policy focus on the region. But it has also sparked debate over the need and effectiveness of having similar positions to represent other parts of the world—especially amidst growing frustration over the diplomatic community's lack of access to Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon.

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