Trudeau shuffles key cabinet positions
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shuffled his cabinet, moving ministers around in three prominent files that will play key roles in addressing tensions with China, Huawei and the airline industry.
The shuffle is due to the departure of Navdeep Bains, who stepped down as innovation minister Tuesday and is not intending to run again in the next election.
In the first virtual swearing-in ceremony in Canadian history, Francois-Philippe Champagne shed his title as foreign minister to take up Bains’ former role
while ex-transport minister Marc Garneau moved into Champagne’s old job.
Cabinet minister Omar Alghabra will take over the transport post to become first Canadian minister from Arab origins in the federal government. Omar Alghabra, currently Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Public Service Renewal) and to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, becomes Minister of Transport.
Mr. Alghabra brings extensive experience to the Cabinet table, from past work in NGOs and the energy sector to his training in engineering and business. With more than seven years’ experience as a Member of Parliament for one of Canada’s hubs for innovation and economic development, he recognizes how crucial the Government of Canada’s continued investments in transportation and public transit are to creating opportunities for Canadians and improving their quality of life. He will also continue to play a leadership role in the investigation into the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 tragedy.
Jim Carr joins the Ministry and will continue to serve as Special Representative for the Prairies. Mr. Carr will build on his past experience as Minister of Natural Resources and Minister of International Trade Diversification, where he created new jobs and economic growth for all Canadians and was a strong voice and advocate for the Prairies. Minister Carr will continue to actively engage Canadians across the Prairies, listen to their challenges, opportunities, and interests, and bring their perspectives to Cabinet discussions.