Cabinet reshuffle in Canada, Indians retain positions

Darnell Taylor
July 22, 2018

Jim Carr received the trade portfolio in a Cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said finding new export markets was a priority.

It's a summer reload after a year in which his polling lead evaporated, leaving him in a dead heat with the opposition Conservatives ahead of an election in October 2019. It features 17 men and 17 women, plus Prime Minister Trudeau. The infrastructure post held by Mr. Sohi went to Francois-Phillipe Champagne, the former minister of International Trade.

Bill Morneau, Harjit Sajjan, Lawrence MacAulay, Carolyn Bennett, Marc Garneau, Ahmed Hussen - There was speculation heading into the shuffle that one or more would be demoted due to controversy, poor communication skills or their length of tooth.

Ng, the daughter of Chinese restaurant owners, is the first Canadian of East Asian descent to serve in Trudeau's cabinet.

However, Mr. Hall said exporters should not turn away from the US market, even with the political threats from Mr. Trump.

The past year had its share of challenging moments for Trudeau, including a public spat with the US president, NAFTA talks that have essentially stalled, an embarrassing trip to India and questions about a groping allegation made 18 years ago against him.

Second, in the first few years of Trudeau's mandate, he had the benefit of several sympathetic provincial governments from whom he could hope to receive cooperation.

Wilkinson, from B.C., and Rodriguez from Quebec were the two new additions from outside of Ontario.

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The prime minister, therefore, could soon be facing unsympathetic governments in a majority of provinces.

Trudeau confidant and long-time MP Dominic LeBlanc moves from fisheries to take on intergovernmental affairs, placing a veteran in charge of unpredictable federal-provincial relations.

He will deal with all the illegal migrants who have run to Canada due to Trump's strict immigration policies, Sputnik reported.

The new team was introduced at a swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday at Rideau Hall, the governor general's residence in Ottawa.

"MAC looks forward to working with Minister Sohi towards the finalization and launch of this pan-Canadian strategy", the association said, "knowing that he brings to this portfolio a strong knowledge of the critical importance of new infrastructure to attracting new mining investment".

As Natural Resources minister, Mr. Carr led trade missions to China, India and other countries to win better access for forest products and energy exports, while encouraging foreign companies to invest in Canada.

Ontario's auto industry would be particularly hard hit by such tariffs, and while the newly installed Progressive Conservative government under Premier Rob Ford has fundamentally disagreed with the federal Liberals in some key areas, such as on carbon pricing, it stands "shoulder-to-shoulder" with Ottawa when it comes to reducing trade barriers, the province's economic development minister said Thursday in Washington.

Blair, who had been Trudeau's point man on efforts to adopt legislation to legalize cannabis, will become the minister of border security and organized crime reduction.

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