Trudeau Shuffles Cabinet In Wake Of Navdeep Bains’ Resignation

prime minister Justin Trudeau has shuffled his federal cabinet in order to fill a position vacated by a key minister and to set up the team that could accept him in the next federal elections.

Tuesday’s shuffle came shortly after the Mississauga MPs resigned Navdeep Bainswho has served as Minister of Industry, Innovation and Science since the Liberals came to power in 2015 and says he will not run in the next elections.

Bains, who served as a MP between 2004 and 2011 before making a comeback in the 2015 elections, said in a Video posted on Twitter It was time to give priority to his young family.

My explanation of my decision not to run in the next elections and to leave the cabinet:

My explanation of my decision not to run for the next elections and to resign from the Council of Ministers:

– Navdeep Bains (@NavdeepSBains) January 12, 2021

In a virtual ceremony Tuesday morning with Governor General Julie Payette, former Secretary of State Francois-Philippe champagne Bains’ successor was named Industry Secretary, while Marc Garneau was transferred to foreign affairs and shortly before Joe Biden was sworn in as the next US President, Canada’s best diplomat.

Former Key Minister and MP from Winnipeg Jim Carr was also appointed to cabinet as minister without portfolio and special envoy for the prairie. Carr’s return to the cabinet full-time suggests his health has improved since his diagnosis multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, in October 2019.

“It’s great to have you back. It’s great to have you healthy, ”Trudeau Carr said during the ceremony. “A lot of work ahead.”

Mississauga MP Omar Alghabra, the only fresh face promoted in Tuesday’s switchover, will take on Garneau’s previous post as Secretary of Transportation.

Alghabra later told reporters about his life experience when he came to Canada as a student with only one cousin in the country, as a Syrian Muslim and engineer from Saudi Arabia, to have him well positioned to provide insights into the cabinet table with this opportunity, ” to serve along the giants. “

“My story represents the story of many, many Canadians.”

Omar Alghabra and Marc Garneau listen to a question during a press conference on the Iranian plane crash on January 15, 2020 in Ottawa.

Trudeau said departments vital to Canada’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis should be led by those planning to run in the next election campaign.

When Bill Morneau resigned as Treasury Secretary in August in the context of the WE Charity controversy, he said it was because he did not intend to run in the next campaign, but instead wanted to run for the Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development .

Speaking at a virtual press conference, Bains said his decision to leave politics was made after a tough talk about the holidays with the eldest of his two daughters, who is in 8th grade. I will go to university when he finishes politics.

“And I came to realize with my wife that I have this little window of time to hang out with my girls and they have sacrificed so much for me,” said Bains.

Champagne representing Saint-Maurice-Champlain’s Quebec riding, was appointed for foreign affairs after the 2019 elections. He said he wasn’t sad to leave the coveted role behind so soon, and he didn’t see it as a downgrade either. Job creation will be “at the center of all decisions the government will make in the coming months,” said the new industry minister.

Garneau, who represents a rider from Montreal, said he worked well with U.S. colleagues in the administrations of Barack Obama and Donald Trump during his five years as Secretary of Transportation. He told reporters he looked forward to working with the Biden government as foreign minister.

Garneau Says Canada, US “Inseparable”

As an ex-astronaut who took part in three NASA flightsGarneau said he lived in the United States for nine years and built “very strong relationships” in that country.

“Two of my children were born there,” he said. “I firmly believe that no bilateral relationship is more important than Canada’s relationship with the United States, and it will continue to be so. We are inextricably linked, ”he said.

Carr suggested that issues prominent in the prairies can be “complex” and “controversial” since they are files dealing with natural resources and international trade – two cabinet positions he previously held .

“Prairie West produces what the world needs: protein, value-added agriculture, energy, renewable energies, community building,” he said.

Carr, who recovered from a stem cell transplant in May, said the COVID-19 crisis had a silver lining because the pandemic “brought many political leaders together”.

The Liberals were driven out of Saskatchewan and Alberta in the last election. Carr said he would focus on reaching the west in order to gain a foothold in that part of the country.

PM says he doesn’t want a spring election

With speculation about a possible spring electionMinisters would not say whether Trudeau or the Liberal campaign team asked them whether they intend to run again.

Champagne told reporters that it “goes without saying that the Prime Minister looks ahead and certainly wants Ministers to be present (because) we are facing one of the most difficult times in our nation’s history … in terms of the COVID crisis and the economical boom . ”

Speaking at a briefing outside Rideau Cottage, the Prime Minister said he had not asked his ministers if they were ready, in the next election in the period between Bains, who told Trudeau “a few days ago” that he would leave politics, and the change of cabinet on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau jokes with Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Singh Bains at Rideau Hall on November 4, 2015 in Ottawa.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau jokes with Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Singh Bains at Rideau Hall on November 4, 2015 in Ottawa.

“Every political party knows from the start that elections can take place,” he said. “But as I’ve said over and over, we don’t want a choice. We have to keep working hard and focus on the Canadians. “

The prime minister said he hoped to “work constructively in parliament in the spring” but had no control over what other parties would do in the coming months.

When asked if he would commit to putting an election on hold until any Canadian who wants a vaccine can get one – a goal the federal government has achieved by September – Trudeau said, “Obviously that’s our preference. “

Trudeau’s latest shuffle faces a cabinet retreat focused on the government’s response to the pandemic.

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With files from Zi-Ann Lum

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