The Trudeau shuffle: Winners and losers

Lester Mason
July 19, 2018

Mr. Trudeau named Jim Carr, formerly the resources minister, as the minister charged with worldwide trade diversification.

Blair, who has been serving as parliamentary secretary to both Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, has helped the government navigate the tricky waters of marijuana legalization.

He had been Minister of Natural Resources.

The move will position Rodriguez as a key minister responsible for selling the Liberals to Quebec, a critical electoral battleground for the party.

The new faces and changes to the cabinet's composition reveal some of the government's top priorities a little more than a year out from the next election.

Wilkinson, the first fisheries minister from more than a decade, will be tasked with promoting the government's oceans protection plan, a "world class" program the Liberals have touted as a safeguard against potential oil spills that could result from increased tanker traffic after the Trans Mountain expansion is built. Ontario Premier Doug Ford's government has criticized Trudeau's lack of leadership on Canada's irregular immigration, accusing the embattled leader of encouraging "illegal border crossers to come into our country".

Those who will be getting new ministerial positions will be sworn in at Rideau Hall by Governor General Julie Payette at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Blair, who promoted the change as a way to crush black market sales of the drug, will also be focused on organized crime reduction.

Former Toronto police chief Bill Blair's promotion to cabinet gives the Trudeau Liberals a political firefighter on the thorny issues of irregular migrants, gun violence and criminal syndicates.

"The entire government has been working collaboratively with provinces and provincial and territorial governments on this issue", Blair said Wednesday.

Canada began seeing an influx of asylum seekers crossing in from the early 2017, shortly after President Donald Trump announced he would end a program that offered temporary protected status to immigrants from several countries, including Haiti, to live in the U.S. Once in Canada they have a right to file refugee claims.

"I have been involved in those discussions, and now I hope to bring some additional resources and focus to those issues, and continue the collaborative work taking place".

"We think ultimately it's good news".

Tassi has said in the past that she is "pro-life" but would vote in favour of reproductive choice in any votes on the matter in Parliament.

Hann says the image, which shows an actual person "illegally" crossing over the Canadian border, was originally used by a number of media outlets with stories about the surge in asylum seekers.

Long-time MP Dominic LeBlanc moves from fisheries to take on intergovernmental affairs, and Montreal's Melanie Joly, who has wrestled with the heritage portfolio, moves to tourism, official languages and la Francophonie. The writing had been on the wall for a while as the first-term Montreal MP drew poor reviews for failing to sell her home province on the Netflix deal.

Francois-Philippe Champagne becomes Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, he had been Minister of International Trade.

Rodriguez is no stranger to the senior ranks, having previously served as the government's chief whip.

By now it's surely clear to most Canadians, whatever their politics, that if Justin's last name wasn't Trudeau, he wouldn't be the prime minister of Canada today.

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