Joe Oliver confirmed as new federal finance minister

CANADIAN PRESS

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has named Joe Oliver as his new finance minister.

Oliver — who had been the natural resources minister — replaces Jim Flaherty, who has decided to resign from cabinet.

Junior minister Greg Rickford, meanwhile, has been promoted to take over the Natural Resources portfolio.

The 73-year-old Oliver — born and raised in Montreal — is widely respected within the Harper cabinet and among Conservatives, and is well known on Bay Street, having spent decades working there as an investment banker.

He went on to become executive director of the Ontario Securities Commission and then president of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada.

But Oliver has a much different demeanour than Flaherty, and often appears gruff and highly partisan.

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