Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, today made minor changes to his cabinet as Mississauga MP Navdeep Bains announced his intention to retire from politics and stepped down from his post as minister of innovation, science and industry.
In a video message posted on Twitter Tuesday morning, Bains said that after six elections, he wants to spend more time with his family.
“They have sacrificed so much over the last 17 years. This last year has been hard on families,” said Bains. “My daughters, who are in Grade 5 and Grade 8, have needed me more in the last year and I’ve needed them, too. It’s time for me to put my family first, and I couldn’t be happier about it.”
Bains will stay on as the MP for the Ontario riding of Mississauga—Malton for now.
Trudeau thanked Bains for his friendship, support, and counsel over their many years working together in Parliament. He also thanked the minister for his dedication over the last five years as Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry and Economic Development. During this time, Bains launched a new national space strategy and created the Strategic Innovation Fund to attract and support business investments across all sectors of the economy. More recently, he played a central role in Canada’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic by leading Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19, and overseeing the creation of the COVID-19 immunity, vaccine, and therapeutics task forces, said the PMO.
During the first virtual swearing in ceremony, Marc Garneau, currently Minister of Transport, became Minister of Foreign Affairs.
François-Philippe Champagne, currently Minister of Foreign Affairs, moved into Bains’ post of Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.
Omar Alghabra, currently Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Public Service Renewal) and to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, has been promoted to cabinet and became Minister of Transport.
Jim Carr joined the cabinet and will continue to serve as Special Representative for the Prairies.
Meanwhile the prime minister is holding four virtual cabinet retreat sessions, the first of which takes place today. The other three are scheduled for January 14, 18, and 21, 2021.
Parliament resumes at the end of the month.