This morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet after Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains announced he will not seek reelection in an anticipated 2021 federal election.
Although it is a small shuffle, some significant portfolios will see new Ministers take the helm.
Francois-Philippe Champagne moves from Foreign Affairs to Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. Champagne has also previously served as Minister of International Trade and Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. A Minister with significant stakeholder relationships, Mr. Champagne will oversee the roll out of an expected $70 to 100 billion economic stimulus package.
Stepping in at Foreign Affairs is Transport Minister Marc Garneau. The former astronaut, head of the Canadian Space Agency, and long-time Montreal-area MP has served as Transport Minister since the Trudeau government was elected in 2015.
These moves pave the way for a major promotion for Mississauga Centre MP Omar Alghabra who becomes Minister of Transport. Alghabra’s private sector experience includes senior positions in engineering and business and as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University. In Parliament, Alghabra has held many positions including most recently Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Trudeau.
Also, today, Jim Carr returns to cabinet. He takes on the role of Minister without Portfolio as the special representative to the Prairies. Carr, a Winnipeg MP and former Minister of Natural Resources and International Trade, stepped back from cabinet in 2019 for health reasons.