Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Geezer Club': Quotes from Cabinet Day in the Nation's Capital

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Geezer Club': Quotes from Cabinet Day in the Nation's Capital

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Quotes from cabinet shuffle day in Ottawa

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OTTAWA - A selection of quotes about Monday's federal cabinet shuffle:

"This is really the commencement of something I told all ministers at the beginning of this Parliament: that in the course of this mandate, I would bring a generational change to the ministry. This is an important step forward in terms of that." -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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"There has been a fair degree of continuity in the ministry over a period of time now since 2006. I think, on balance, the government has been successful. That's why we've been re-elected twice with increased support each time, but obviously we're always looking at ways we can continue to evolve to address new challenges and to improve our performance." -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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"Stephen Harper had a golden opportunity here to change but nothing that we saw today shows that the prime minister was ready to change direction. Instead, he decided to double down on the same approach that saw his government beset by ethical scandals and lurching from crisis to crisis. This is desperate attempt to pretend to put a fresh face on his government from a prime minister who is simply not willing to change." -- NDP deputy leader Megan Leslie

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"What you've seen today is the addition of younger people who've been in the House of Commons, who've worked hard in other capacities, but whose advice and energy is now going to be added to that experienced team. And I think that adds up to a very powerful combination." -- Chris Alexander, newly appointed citizenship and immigration minister.

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"Welcome to the old geezers club." -- Harper to newly appointed Justice Minister Peter MacKay after he needed reading glasses to recite his ministerial oath.

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"It is clear that the only minister who has any power in this government is the prime minister. Today's shuffle does not change that." -- Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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"We are well-placed internationally right now and this government has been very clear in stating that our continued concern and vision for this country is to see that long-term economic growth and prosperity, build on the track record of one million net new jobs. …

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