Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Welcome to James Moore, Secretary of State for Official Languages

Although most of today's attention in the blogging world and news will focus on the more senior members of cabinet moved about in the mini-shuffle, I'd like to draw attention to the only new member, James Moore, the British Columbia MP who today became Secretary of State for the Pacific Gateway, the Olympics and Official Languages - quite the combo!

Moore has long been touted as an up-and-comer in the party, and one whose exclusion from the first several rounds of Harper's cabinet-making was surprising. Or perhaps not, as Moore is also fairly liberal on social questions, being one of the few members of his party to whole-heartedly endorse same-sex marriage. His elevation to a junior position in cabinet could mean a number of different things - that he's out of the doghouse for his liberal views, that the party is worried about his Vancouver seat, or that he's finally being groomed for bigger and better things. In any case, I'll be keeping an ever-closer eye on him now that he's responsible for official languages!

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At 12:32 pm, Blogger Beijing York said...

Is Moore bilingual? Or does that even matter to the Harperites?

At 7:04 pm, Blogger BBS said...

James Moore is fully bilingual.

At 7:28 am, Anonymous portmoody-ite said...

it is nice to see an official acknowledgement that someone outside of Quebec can be proudly bilingual. James Moore will be awesome in all three portfolios!


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