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The Honourable Keith Ashfield
New Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
The Honourable Keith Ashfield
The Honourable Keith Ashfield

Keith Ashfield was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and re-elected in 2011. In October 2008, he was appointed Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). In January 2010, he was appointed Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway..

Prior to his election, Mr. Ashfield served in the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly. From 1999 to 2003, he served as Deputy Speaker of the Legislature and as provincial Minister of Natural Resources from 2003 to 2006.

Before entering politicss, Mr. Ashfield was active in local, provincial and national school trustee associations. He has also held senior positions in local companies, and has owned and operated his own businesses. He studied business administration at the University of New Brunswick.

Considerable duties

In addition to assuming his role as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Ashfield will be serving as Minister for the Atlantic Gateway.

He will also be sitting on two Cabinet committees. First of all, he will be a member of the Committee on Operations, which provides day-to-day coordination of the government’s agenda, including legislation and House planning. He will also sit on the Committee on Economic Prosperity and Sustainable Growth, which considers sectoral issues including international trade, natural resources, fisheries, agriculture and regional development, as well as environment and energy security.

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