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Ottawa reshuffle: Trudeau shuffles his cards

Trudeau shuffles his cards:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffles his cards small cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday morning, putting Minister Marc Garneau in charge of Foreign Affairs and François-Philippe Champagne of Canada’s Department of Innovation.

This game of chairs takes place as the smells of a possible federal election linger. The Liberals, however, explain this reshuffle by the departure of Navdeep Bains, who was Minister of Innovation.

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The latter, who had held the post since 2015, announced in a video posted on social media that he had decided not to stand for re-election in the next election.

“Now is the time for me to make my family come first and I’m totally happy about that,” he said.

Given Minister Garneau’s new responsibilities, Toronto MP Omar Alghabra will succeed him at Transport. He was until now Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister.

It should be noted that Jim Carr, Manitoba MP previously Minister of Natural Resources, is returning to the cabinet. The post of special advisor for the Prairies he has held since 2019 became, on Tuesday, integrated into the council of ministers.

This small cabinet reshuffle comes a few hours before the start of a cabinet retreat. Discussions, in virtual mode, are due to begin on Tuesday and continue on January 14, 18 and 21.

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