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John Ivison: Attawapiskat’s toll on John Duncan may see him relieved in rumoured Cabinet shuffle

John Ivison Jan 9, 2012

As predictable as snow in January and mosquitos in June are Cabinet shuffle rumours. It’s been six months since the last mini-shuffle, so it was no surprise to hear suggestions that Stephen Harper may freshen his ministry before the House resumes.

Whispers in the salons of Ottawa suggest that John Duncan, the Aboriginal Affairs Minister, is facing health issues and may have to be relieved. Mr. Duncan stepped down temporarily a year ago to recover from heart valve surgery and it’s understood that the Attawapiskat housing crisis has taken a toll on his health.

His office would not comment on speculation, but sources close to the Minister said he is still fully engaged in his files and plans to particate in the Crown-First Nations Gathering between Mr. Harper and native chiefs in Ottawa later this month.

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