Prime Minister Stephen Harper attempted to put a fresh face on his cabinet Monday, but the changes are mostly window dressing.
The core group of Harper's Tory insiders remains the same.
When it comes to financial matters, that's not such a bad thing, however. Canada arguably has one of the most stable economies in these uncertain times, so we're glad to see Jim Flaherty still in Finance.
Likewise, things stay the same in Foreign Affairs and at Treasury Board, with John Baird and Tony Clement.
Harper was mostly expected to put a younger spin on cabinet and to present a softer side in the lead-up to the 2015 federal election.
To that end, four new women were added, Shelly Glover and Kellie Leitch in full portfolios and Michelle Rempel and Candice Bergen as ministers of state.
The Tory PR machine did tip its hat to youth in the way the new cabinet was announced. As each MP arrived on Parliament Hill, their new ministerial position and photo was tweeted on social media, along with photos and video.
It was a brave attempt at making a rather procedural event appear hip and sexy, but we still don't think too many young people were glued to their smartphones as the news rolled out.
With its focus weighted heavily on the economy, this is a stay-the-course cabinet for Harper. And who can blame him? That is the message that brought his Conservatives a majority mandate.
Whether this shuffle is enough to distract Canadians from the lingering Senate scandal remains to be seen.
- Managing Editor