New Shadow Cabinet announced
Opposition leader Wayne Furbert has announced his new Shadow Cabinet.
The new lineup is as follows:
- Education - Neville Darrell
- Environment - Cole Simons
- Finance - Patricia Gordon Pamplin (formerly held by Dr. Grant Gibbons)
- Housing - Senator Kim Swan (formerly held by Wayne Furbert)
- Health and Seniors - Louise Jackson
- Labour, Home Affairs and Public Safety - Maxwell Burgess (formerly held by Michael Dunkley)
- Race and Economic Opportunity - Jamahl Simmons (formerly held by David Dodwell)
- Shadow Minister without Portfolio - Michael Dunkley (formerly held by Maxwell Burgess)
- Tourism and Transport - David Dodwell (formerly held by Senator Kim Swan and Jamahl Simmons)
- Women's Affairs & Child and Family Services - Suzanne Roberts-Holshouser
- Works and Engineering and Sports - Jon Brunson (formerly held by Patricia Gordon-Pamplin)
- Youth and Community and Cultural Affairs - Senator Gina Spence-Farmer (formerly held by Jon Brunson)
- Telecommunications - Senator Bob Richards (formerly held by Trevor Moniz)
- Attorney General - Trevor Moniz
- House Leader and Whip - John Barritt
I was disappointed to hear of Grant Gibbons' decision to give up the Finance portfolio and step back from frontline politics, though under the circumstances I can understand it.
Taking Race and Economic Opportunity away from David Dodwell was a smart move. Mr. Dodwell demonstrated a disappointing lack of courage with that portfolio, and it's to be hoped that Jamahl Simmons will be bolder.
I was surprised to see Neville Darrell keep Education. He's had that brief for some time now and despite the Government's failure to reform the public school system and its troubles with Berkeley, he's been all but invisible.
Now let's see whether this leads to any new policy initiatives.