N.B. names new deputy ag minister

In an amalgamation affecting several other departments, New Brunswick has named a new top bureaucrat for the agriculture file.

Robert Rioux, who’s currently assistant deputy minister for Business New Brunswick, will be the province’s deputy minister for agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries, effective March 15.

He replaces Jean-Marc Dupuis, who moves to fill a retirement vacancy in the transportation and infrastructure department.

Premier David Alward announced the moves as part of a larger structural reorganization which is expected to "streamline administration and reduce the number of deputy minister level positions across government by five to 23."

Business New Brunswick, the province’s economic development office, will now be folded into a larger department of economic development.

The move also creates a new government services department, merges the environment and local government departments, and combines the tourism and parks and the wellness, culture and sport departments into a new department of culture, tourism and healthy living.

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