Who’s federal health minister this week?


Joe Oliver, Finance Minister (pinch-hits for Health Minister)

Joe Oliver! Whose website says he’s actually Finance Minister!

Oliver’s office (or the Finance department, anyway) sent a “media advisory/photo opportunity” news release today, alerting reporters having trouble finding actual news, that on Friday, Oliver is going to “participate in a demonstration of digital health tools in use at Sunnybrook. He will then present Sunnybrook with a national award recognizing its leadership in innovation in digital health.”


“The Minister will be joined by John Carmichael, MP, Don Valley West, Barry McLellan, President and CEO, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Michael Green, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway” for a grip-and-grin and will be available for questions afterward. (Carmichael will be there because Sunnybrook is actually in his riding.)


Rona Ambrose, Health Minister (pinch-hits for Energy and Natural Resources Ministers)

Funny – I thought Rona Ambrose was Health Minister. It seems that Harper cabinet members may have their designated portfolios but are expected to fill in anywhere, anytime. Like the time, in April, when Ambrose went to China to discuss energy exports because newly appointed Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford was… what? Too new?~TM








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