Two Hamilton MPs will sit in Prime Minister Paul Martin's
first cabinet that promises to review government spending, set a
new ethical standard for politicians and forge a new deal
Martin was sworn in as Canada's 21st Prime Minister yesterday
along with Hamilton West MP Stan Keyes, who was sworn
in as revenue minister, and Stoney Creek colleague Tony Valeri
who became minister of transport. This is the first time
in Hamilton's history that the city has had two local
voices at the cabinet table. Bob Speller, MP for Haldimand-Norfolk-Brant,
became Canada's agriculture minister.
Longtime Martin loyalists Keyes and Valeri are part of a
different cabinet that doesn't include many veteran ministers, including former
Heritage Minister Sheila Copps, who have been in cabinet since
But both new ministers were reluctant to detail their goals
yesterday before they were whisked away to pore over briefing
books and meet their senior staff.
Keyes said he has some goals he would like to
accomplish for Hamilton while in cabinet but declined to share
them yet. He said he's just thrilled to be part
of Martin's team.
"This is my walk on the moon," Keyes said. "I
think this shows that Hamilton has many intelligent, long-serving members
of parliament who are e being recognized for their skills.
Our hometown has to be very proud of the fact
that we can produce two ministers out of one town
for Canada. It's marvellous."