PM's pre-election shuffle eyes border, trade and bruising provincial relations

Canada's Trudeau Shuffles Cabinet Over Trade Concerns

Canada's Trudeau Shuffles Cabinet Over Trade Concerns

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will shuffle his front benches this morning and some familiar faces are slated to take on new cabinet portfolios.

As part of the reshuffle, Trudeau said Jim Carr would become minister of worldwide trade diversification.

"We offer our congratulations to Minister Sohi on his new role as Minister of Natural Resources", Trans Mountain said in a statement.

Promoting Liberal MPs in Quebec may well be a consideration when Trudeau announces his changes.

"MAC looks forward to working with Minister Sohi towards the finalization and launch of this pan-Canadian strategy", the association said, "knowing that he brings to this portfolio a strong knowledge of the critical importance of new infrastructure to attracting new mining investment".

Yet the prime minister's refusal to comment on the Trump-Putin meeting, despite Canada's strong views on Russian Federation, highlights the difficulty he continues to face when it comes to the USA president, says University of Ottawa professor Roland Paris, who served as Trudeau's first foreign-policy adviser.

The prime minister could do the same for Bardish Chagger, who is both the government House leader and the minister of small business and tourism.

The appointment of Dominic Leblanc - an experienced, tough-minded but persuasive MP - as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs is meant to make federal-provincial relations more manageable in the new climate.

As for Trudeau describing conservatives in Canada and around the world as fearmongers, including, apparently, the 5.6 million Canadians who voted Conservative in the 2015 federal election, since Trudeau didn't draw a distinction between conservative politicians and conservative voters, this is standard operating procedure for Liberal politicians in Canada.

Wilkinson, a Rhodes Scholar, has a background in the energy and environmental technology sectors.

Dominic LeBlanc arrives at a swearing in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. This is a new position. Finance Minster Morneau was also left in his position.

The former Toronto police chief will be responsible for the thorny political issues of border management and a surge of migrants at unofficial entry points, as well as gun violence and the complex process of cannabis legalization.

Insiders have also indicated there's a possibility Ottawa will appoint a minister dedicated to seniors, a post that once existed in past federal cabinets. He will also be tasked with managing "irregular" migration.

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel, her party's immigration critic, who has pushed for emergency parliamentary hearings over the summer to address what she says has become a "crisis", was already asking Blair to appear at the first of those meetings next week.

U.S. President Donald Trump's tariffs and the threats to NAFTA's survival have significantly increased the urgency of those aims.

Procurement and Public Services Minister Carla Qualtrough was given extra duties to remove barriers that keep Canadians from fully participating in workplaces.

Pablo Rodriguez - The four-term MP from Quebec and current chief government whip takes over as heritage minister from Melanie Joly. Rodriguez, a native of Argentina who was first elected in 2004, will oversee a large budget that doles out federal funds to cultural projects, CBC/Radio-Canada, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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