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Canada Trudeau to take sober approach to unveiling new cabinet for minority mandate

14:59  20 november  2019
14:59  20 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The more sober approach is a reflection of the sobering circumstances in which the governing party finds itself, reduced to a minority of seats in the House of Commons. Trudeau has taken a full month since winning re-election to put together his new cabinet , twice as long as he took in 2015.

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau will unveil his new cabinet tomorrow afternoon. The Governor General's office says the official swearing-in ceremony at But this time he must also take into account the fact that the Liberals won only a minority of seats in the House of Commons and none at all in Alberta or

OTTAWA — It will be all business this afternoon when Justin Trudeau unveils a cabinet to navigate a new era of minority government in a bitterly divided country.

Forget the theatricality and sunny optimism of 2015. Adoring crowds thronged the grounds of Rideau Hall, cheering as the new Liberal prime minister and his gender-equal team of fresh-faced ministers paraded triumphantly up the curving drive to the governor general's residence, serenaded by bagpipes.

This time, there's been no open invitation to the public to attend the official launch of Trudeau's second mandate and watch on large screen TVs set up on the grounds of Rideau Hall as ministers take their oaths of office.

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OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau will unveil his new cabinet tomorrow afternoon. The Governor General's office says the official swearing-in ceremony at But this time he must also take into account the fact that the Liberals won only a minority of seats in the House of Commons and none at all in Alberta or

The more sober approach is a reflection of the sobering circumstances in which the governing party finds itself, reduced to a minority of seats in the House of Commons. 21 vote. Trudeau has taken a full month since winning re-election to put together his new cabinet , twice as long as he took in 2015.

Ministers will arrive individually for the ceremony and make themselves available briefly afterwards to speak with reporters — the traditional, relatively low-key way cabinet shuffles are conducted.

The more sober approach is a reflection of the sobering circumstances in which the governing party finds itself, reduced to a minority of seats in the House of Commons. It survived a bruising campaign that diminished Trudeau's stature as a champion of diversity amid long-ago photos of him posing in blackface and left the Liberals shut out entirely in Alberta and Saskatchewan, where talk of western separatism has gotten louder since the Oct. 21 vote.

Trudeau has taken a full month since winning re-election to put together his new cabinet, twice as long as he took in 2015.

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OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau will unveil his new cabinet tomorrow afternoon. The Governor General’s office says the official swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall will begin at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. Trudeau has taken a full month since winning re-election to put together his new cabinet .

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau will unveil his new cabinet tomorrow afternoon. The Governor General’s office says the official swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall will begin at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. Trudeau has taken a full month since winning re-election to put together his new cabinet .

Like cabinets during his first mandate, this one will have an equal number of men and women and will attempt to balance various regional, ethnic and religious considerations.

Most, if not all, existing ministers are expected to remain in cabinet but, with the exception of at least Finance Minister Bill Morneau, many will move to new portfolios.

Likely the biggest shift will involve Chrystia Freeland, arguably Trudeau's strongest cabinet performer who stickhandled tempestuous NAFTA negotiations with a mercurial Donald Trump administration in the United States.

Freeland, who has roots in Alberta although she represents a downtown Toronto riding, is widely expected to take on a pivotal role in bridging the divide between the federal Liberal government and irate conservative-led provinces in Ontario and the West, as deputy prime minister and minister in charge of a beefed-up intergovernmental affairs department, to be renamed domestic affairs.

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OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau will unveil his new cabinet tomorrow afternoon. The Governor General's office says the official swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall will begin at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. Trudeau has taken a full month since winning re-election to put together his new cabinet .

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Sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the highly confidential cabinet selection process, say Francois-Philippe Champagne will leave his current post at Infrastructure to take over from Freeland at Foreign Affairs.

Liberal insiders expect a larger roster than the current 34, with at least two newly elected MPs vaulted straight into cabinet and at least another two re-elected backbenchers elevated.

Apart from Freeland's new role, insiders expect the most important portfolios to be filled will be Finance, Natural Resources and Environment, reflecting the Liberals' priority of transitioning Canada off its heavy reliance on fossil fuels without deep-sixing the economy and further infuriating people in Canada's oil-and-gas heartland, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Jonathan Wilkinson, currently fisheries minister, will move to Environment, according to sources. He'll be tasked with squaring the circle of satisfying the majority of Canadians who voted for parties that support stronger action on climate change and simultaneously satisfying the majority who voted for parties that support expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline to take Alberta oilsands crude to the B.C. coast for export overseas.

Although he represents a British Columbia riding, Wilkinson was born and raised in Saskatchewan, where he once worked for Roy Romanow's NDP government. His Saskatchewan roots might help him address anger in that province over the federal Liberals' climate policies.

Nova Scotian Bernadette Jordan, currently rural economic development minister, will take over Fisheries from Wilkinson.

Trudeau's choice of government House leader will be equally important given the minority situation. He is expected to tap Montreal MP Pablo Rodriguez for the crucial task of ensuring that government legislation passes with the support of at least one opposition party.

Newcomer Steven Guilbeault, a prominent Quebec environmentalist, is expected to take over from Rodriguez at Canadian Heritage.

This report by The Canadian Press report was first published Nov. 20, 2019.

Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

McDougall: The sad truth is that Justin Trudeau’s new cabinet doesn’t matter .
Justin Trudeau has appointed his new cabinet. These days, cabinets are an excuse to hire 30-some chauffeurs and offer a bump in pay to the gilded few, not a vehicle for collaborative government. If that’s too much cynicism for your morning coffee, go back through the records from 2015 to 2019 and list out all of the critical ministerial interventions. See, you’re already done after Chrystia Freeland. Sure, Jody Wilson-Raybould also stands out, but for our purposes she’s the wrong kind of example. Even the recently departed Ralph Goodale – an Ottawa fixture for decades – barely made a dent in the nation’s proceedings. It was the Justin Trudeau show from start to finish.

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