Nault holds tight in shuffle


Robert Nault, the minister of Indian affairs and northern development, will keep his position in cabinet after a sweeping cabinet shuffle on Tuesday that added 10 new MPs and dropped seven.

Among returning ministers alone, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien made 13 changes, including promoting John Manley to deputy prime minister and moving Allan Rock to the industry portfolio vacated by Brian Tobin.

Alfonso Gagliano, who has been criticized for suggestions he interfered in the affairs of a Crown corporation, was removed from the public works portfolio and made ambassador to Denmark.

Ethel Blondin-Andrew, secretary of state for children and youth, also kept her position.

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