JOHN ROBBINS/Bullet News
OTTAWA – Niagara Falls Conservative MP Rob Nicholson has a new job.
Nicholson, who has been serving as justice minister and attorney general, has been named Canada’s new minister of defence.
The appointment is part of a major cabinet shuffle, Monday, by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Nicholson takes over from Peter MacKay, who swaps potfolios with Nicholson to become the new justice minister and attorney general.
Nicholson, a lawyer, was first elected to Parliament in 1984 in the election that swept Brian Mulroney into power.
He served as minister of science and small business in the short-lived government of former Prime Minister Kim Campbell.
Defeated in the 1993 election, Nicholson was elected as a public school board trustee and later a Niagara Region councillor.
He was again elected MP for Niagara Falls in 2004.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper made him minister of justice and attorney general in early 2007.
Nicholson is among the most experienced parliamentarians currently holding office.
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