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Live from Rideau Hall: Harper unveils his first majority cabinet

Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives to Rideau Hall to tell Governor-General David Johnston he is prepared to form government on on May 4, 2011.


Stephen Harper is appointing one of his most trusted lieutenants, John Baird, as his new Foreign Affairs minister when he announces his first majority government cabinet Wednesday morning.

Key ministers including Finance Minister Jim Flaherty are expected to stay in their current portfolios in keeping with the "strong, stable" government campaign pitch that Mr. Harper made on the campaign trail.

But there are six vacancies thanks to retirements and election defeats, so the shuffle will be substantial.

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Industry Minister Tony Clement could take the reins at Treasury Board as the government seeks to rein in spending and return to balanced budgets ahead of schedule. International Trade Minister Peter Van Loan might be moved back to Government House Leader. And Jason Kenney, who has delivered in spades for Mr. Harper as Immigration Minister, is in line for a promotion.

Senior political writer Jane Taber and parliamentary correspondent Steven Chase will provided live coverage.

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