François-Philippe Champagne to be Canada's next foreign affairs minister
François-Philippe Champagne will be Canada's new Foreign Affairs minister, CBC-Radio-Canada has learned. Champagne, who served as the minister of infrastructure and communities in the last Parliament, will replace Chrystia Freeland as Canada's top diplomat, tasked with stickhandling the sensitive U.S. and China files.It's not yet known where Freeland will be moved, but she is expected to preside over a crucial domestic role as regional tensions rise across the country.Champagne, a former trade lawyer, has served as minister of international trade in the past.
Saskatoon-raised Liberal MP Jonathan Wilkinson, a former advisor to Premier Roy Romanow and leader of the Saskatchewan Young New Democrats, has been named federal environment minister.
Wilkinson was first elected to the House of Commons in 2015, representing the riding of North Vancouver.
He previously held the position of Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and was parliamentary secretary to Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna.
Trudeau to take sober approach to unveiling new cabinet for minority mandate
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, serenadedForget the theatricality and sunny optimism of 2015.
Wilkinson received his B.A, from the University of Saskatchewan and was awarded the Prairie Rhodes Scholarship. He was a member of the civil service in Saskatchewan in the early 1990s before moving to a career in the private sector, including experience in the energy and environmental industries.
As the MP for North Vancouver, Wilkinson is familiar with the issues surrounding the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, as well as Bill C-48 and Bill C-69. Both C-48 and C-69 have been contentious in Saskatchewan. Premier Scott Moe has referred to them as the "oil tanker ban" and "no more pipelines" bills.
Carbon tax key issue to navigate in Sask.
Wilkinson's file will also include contentious issues such as the carbon tax opposition in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
What to watch for as Trudeau unveils his new cabinet today
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will unveil his new cabinet today — an expanded team of ministers to steer the minority Liberal government's legislative priorities and work to calm regional tensions. The new front bench will be larger in size than the last 34-member cabinet. Trudeau already has confirmed the revamped cabinet will have gender parity. What's not clear is exactly how this cabinet will represent Alberta and Saskatchewan, two western provinces where the Liberals found themselves shut out in the Oct. 21 election.
While two-thirds of Canadians voted for a party that supported a carbon tax, the story was reversed in Saskatchewan and Alberta. More than 60 per cent of voters in those two provinces chose the Conservatives, who promised to scrap the carbon tax if elected.
The Conservatives won 47 of 48 ridings in Alberta and Saskatchewan, shutting out the Liberals entirely.
The lack of Saskatchewan and Alberta representation in Trudeau's minority cabinet has been the subject of much speculation. Long-time Regina MP Ralph Goodale was defeated, ending a 26-year run in Ottawa. Goodale was an experienced voice in cabinet and was the de facto deputy prime minister.
All of Trudeau's ministers were re-elected except for Goodale and Edmonton MP Amarjeet Sohi.
Both Moe and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney have launched legal challenges of the constitutionality of the carbon tax. Saskatchewan's case is scheduled to be argued at the Supreme Court in March.
A week after the Liberals minority win, Moe sent a letter requesting a "new deal" with Canada, which included cancelling the carbon tax and a commitment to pipeline projects. The letter also asked for a one-year pause of the carbon tax and a re-evaluation of Saskatchewan's climate change plan.
One of Kenney's post-election requests was for Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to be removed from the file. McKenna has been a target of criticism from both provincial premiers.
In a meeting last week, Moe and Trudeau held their positions on the carbon tax. Moe called the message from Trudeau "more of the same."
Chrystia Freeland, who was born in Peace River, Alta., was named first deputy prime minister and minister of tntergovernmental affairs on Wednesday.
Chrystia Freeland faced off with Trump and China - but is she ready for Jason Kenney? .
Chrystia Freeland's former gig in foreign affairs put her at the heart of international confrontations and crises - an experience she now says helped prepare her to take on the national unity file.She did that work as the world was entering one of the most turbulent periods in international relations since the end of the Second World War. So it might seem odd that she considers that experience to be the ideal preparation for her new task: taking on the national unity file as regional grievances are also growing more extreme.