Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Keith Ashfield looks on at a news conference in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Ashfield is recovering from a heart attack and has been temporarily replaced by Revenue Minister Gail Shea, the Prime Minister's Office says.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
OTTAWA - Federal Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield has survived a heart attack and will be temporary replaced by Gail Shea, the minister for national revenue.
The Prime Minister's Office abruptly announced the change today with no further word on Ashfield's condition, except to say he's expected back after recovery.
Ashfield, 60, is the MP for Fredericton and a former minister in the New Brunswick government of Bernard Lord.
He was appointed fisheries minister in May 2011.
A source said Ashfield was "resting comfortably" following his heart attack.