PM Justin Trudeau shakes up cabinet

Written by by Tania Egan, CNN • Updated 22nd July 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has formed his third cabinet in five years. Following brief appearances by most of the names, Trudeau nominated Dominic…

PM Justin Trudeau shakes up cabinet

Written by by Tania Egan, CNN • Updated 22nd July 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has formed his third cabinet in five years.

Following brief appearances by most of the names, Trudeau nominated Dominic LeBlanc as Canada’s new national minister for intergovernmental affairs and minister of veterans affairs and Bev Oda as Canada’s new international trade minister. Former refugee, Lac-Megantic native, and Rosie Richardson MP LeBlanc replaces veteran John McCallum, who resigned from cabinet on Tuesday

Oda had quit shortly after Trudeau announced his pick for health minister in 2016.

Amongst several surprises, Progressive Conservative MP and minister of justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould was elevated to the powerful position of justice minister alongside deputy prime minister and finance minister, Jane Philpott. Wilson-Raybould would be the first Indigenous person to hold the position.

Liberal MP who describes herself as an Indigenous person was named as Canada’s first Indigenous justice minister The Progressive Conservative MP and minister of justice was appointed junior finance minister

The cabinet has nine women out of 15 positions, a ratio of 20%.

Cabinet shuffle after resignations?

Linda Duncan, 71, who formerly served as aboriginal affairs minister and deputy justice minister, was asked to stay in cabinet. Duncan was the highest profile casualty of the shuffle: more than two thirds of those standing in her previous portfolio had either resigned or been removed.

According to The Globe and Mail the shuffle may be less about Cabinet politics and more about Trudeau’s priorities, as he prepares to host a major G7 leaders’ summit next month.

“You would think that his first priority is a meeting of the leaders of the other G7 countries coming up. But he also needs to have the best team to respond to the Prime Minister of India taking office.”

“You would think that his first priority is a meeting of the leaders of the other G7 countries coming up. But he also needs to have the best team to respond to the Prime Minister of India taking office.” Tony Clement, former member of parliament, reportedly in talks with Centre Block aides to join the Liberal caucus at a large party party last night.

As a former party whips, he is known to be influential in short-term staffing decisions, and is close to “the party’s older guard, which would allow Trudeau to make changes at a time when concerns about the party’s leader are growing,” reports The Hill.

Moderate names in lineup

Vancouver-native Doug Ford becomes Ontario’s premier, replacing outgoing Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne.

Toronto’s Doug Ford becomes Ontario’s premier, replacing outgoing Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne. Toronto’s new premier’s priorities will be health care, education and jobs.

Vancouver-native Doug Ford becomes Ontario’s premier, replacing outgoing Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne. As a former mayor of Toronto, Ford is expected to take the lead on multiculturalism within Ontario.

New York City’s Catherine McKenna remains in cabinet as environment minister.

Jason Kenney, former leader of the conservative United Conservative Party in Alberta, replaces Rachel Notley as leader of Alberta’s government. Kenney will become leader of the government and Minister of the economy and minister of energy and resources.

Bosnian-Canadian spouse of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland, is appointed foreign minister

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