Executive Council of Saskatchewan

Executive Council of Saskatchewan

The Executive Council of Saskatchewan (informally and more commonly, the Cabinet of Saskatchewan) is the cabinet of that Canadian province.

Almost always made up of members of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, the Cabinet is similar in structure and role to the Cabinet of Canada while being smaller in size. As federal and provincial responsibilities differ there are a number of different portfolios between the federal and provincial governments.

The Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan, as representative of the Queen in Right of Saskatchewan, formally heads the council, although he/she does not normally attend its meetings and in practice the Premier of Saskatchewan is its most powerful member. (However, many of its documents are referred to as being issued by the Governor-in-Council.) Other members of the Cabinet, the ministers, are selected by the Premier of Saskatchewan and appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor. Most cabinet ministers are the heads of ministries, but this is not always the case.

As at the federal level, the most important Cabinet post after that of the Premier is Minister of Finance. The next most powerful position is, arguably, Minister of Health, since the Ministry has a vast budget and is of central political import. Other powerful porfolios include Education and Energy.

Current Cabinet

The current Cabinet has been in place since 2007, but its membership has been reshuffled twice. The list below is current as of the cabinet reshuffle on June 29, 2010.[1]. Members are listed in order of precedence.

Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield 2012—
Portfolio Minister
Premier of Saskatchewan
      President of the Executive Council
Brad Wall 2007—
Deputy Premier
      & Minister of Finance
Ken Krawetz 2010—
Minister of Energy and Resources
      & Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Bill Boyd 2007—
Minister of Social Services
      & Minister Responsible for the Public Service Commission
      & Minister Responsible for the Status of Women
June Draude 2010—
Minister of Agriculture
      & Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation
Bob Bjornerud 2007—
Minister of Health Don McMorris 2007—
Minister of Education
      & Provincial Secretary
Donna Harpauer 2010—
Minister of Justice
      & Attorney General of Saskatchewan
      & Minister of Labour Relations & Workplace Safety
            & Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor & Gaming Authority
Don Morgan 2010—
Minister of First Nations & Métis Relations
            & Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation
Ken Cheveldayoff 2010—
Minister of Advanced Education, Employment & Immigration
      & Minister Responsible for Innovation
Rob Norris 2010—
Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture & Sport
      & Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission
Bill Hutchinson 2010—
Minister Responsible for Corrections & Policing Christine Tell 2009—
Minister of Environment Dustin Duncan 2010—
Minister of Enterprise
      & Minister Responsible for Trade
      & Deputy Government House Leader
Jeremy Harrison 2010—
Minister of Highways & Infrastructure Jim Reiter 2009—
Minister of Municipal Affairs Darryl Hickie 2010-
Minister of Government Services Laura Ross 2010-
Minister Responsible for the Crown Investments Corporation
      & Minister Responsible for the Information Technology Office
Tim McMillan 2010-