PM Trudeau expands cabinet ahead of the 2019 elections

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With an eye on the upcoming federal elections in 2019, PM Trudeau made his first cabinet reshuffle which brought in five new faces and creating new portfolios for seniors, intergovernmental affairs and border security.

This cabinet signals the government’s intent to ease trade dependence on the U.S., address concerns about border control, and bolster political forces in key regions in the run-up to next year’s federal election.

In one surprise move, Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief who has been the government’s point man on the marijuana legalization file, was appointed minister of border security and organized crime reduction. He will also be in charge of managing the hot-button issue of irregular migration with asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the U.S.

Other new ministers added to the cabinet today:
• Mary Ng, a former staffer in Trudeau’s office who was recently elected in a Markham-Thornhill byelection, becomes Minister for Small Business and Export Promotion.
• Filomena Tassi, a Hamilton MP, becomes Minister for Seniors
• Vancouver MP Jonathan Wilkinson becomes Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
• Pablo Rodriguez, who was serving as Chief Government Whip, becomes Minister of Heritage and Multiculturalism
Media reports have concluded that unlike in the past, it is competence that has been the guide as opposed to diversity and gender equality

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Here is a complete list of the re-shuffled cabinet:
• Justin Trudeau – Prime Minister
• Dominic LeBlanc – Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade. LeBlanc will also become President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada
• James Carr – Minister of International Trade Diversification
• Mélanie Joly – Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie
• Amarjeet Sohi – Minister of Natural Resources
• Carla Qualtrough – Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility (adds Accessibility)
• François-Philippe Champagne – Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
• Pablo Rodriguez – Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
• Bill Blair – Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction
• Mary Ng – Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion
• Filomena Tassi – Minister of Seniors
• Jonathan Wilkinson – Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
• Carolyn Bennett – Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
• Scott Brison – President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government
• Marie-Claude Bibeau – Minister of International Development
• Kirsty Duncan – Minister of Science and Sport
• Bardish Chagger – Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
• Navdeep Bains – Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
• Jean-Yves Duclos – Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
• Chrystia Freeland – Minister of Foreign Affairs
• Marc Garneau – Minister of Transport
• Ralph Goodale – Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
• Karina Gould – Minister of Democratic Institutions
• Patty Hajdu – Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
• Ahmed Hussen – Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
• Diane Lebouthillier – Minister of National Revenue
• Lawrence MacAulay – Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
• Catherine McKenna – Minister of Environment and Climate Change
• Maryam Monsef – Minister of Status of Women
• Bill Morneau – Minister of Finance
• Seamus O’Regan- Minister of Veterans Affairs
• Ginette Petitpas-Taylor – Minister of Health
• Jane Philpott – Minister of Indigenous Services
• Harjit Sajjan – Minister of National Defence
• Jody Wilson-Raybould – Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada – CINEWS

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