Trudeau urged to give Freeland domestic portfolio, name her deputy PM
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being urged to move Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland into a new portfolio and give her additional powers by naming her deputy prime minister, according to a source with direct knowledge of the talks. Trudeau will unveil his new cabinet next Wednesday, with the source saying Canadians should expect some big changes.The Prime Minister's Office has also tapped Privy Council clerk Ian Shugart to examine whether additional portfolios should be created, according to two senior sources.
New Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland will make a trip to Saskatchewan to meet the premier amid tense relationships between Ottawa and some western provinces. Freeland , who was named to her new position as intergovernmental affairs minister on Wednesday, has been tasked with fixing
Those challenges begin in Alberta — where Freeland was raised — and Saskatchewan. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is looking into pulling his province out of the CPP and establishing its own Ontario Premier Doug Ford says his meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was 'phenomenal'.
Deputy Prime Ministerwill be in Alberta on Monday for meetings with Western leaders in the first trip of her new role.
Freeland, formerly the minister of foreign affairs, was promoted in last week's cabinet shuffle and named both deputy prime minister and minister of intergovernmental affairs in what has been billed as an effort by the government to put its focus on addressing deep regional divisions.
As part of that, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has held a series of meetings with leaders from the Western provinces since he was re-elected with a minority.
Premier Jason Kenney heads to Texas to push investment
Jason Kenney will be travelling to Houston, where he is set to meet with investors and business leaders over a four-day trip that also includes a day in Dallas. "Our top goal is getting Alberta back to work," Kenney said in a news release. "This means restoring investor confidence and reversing the flow of money, ideas and businesses from Alberta to places like Texas."This trip will allow me to raise awareness among prospective investors.
In 2015, Freeland was named international trade minister to seal the deal on a free trade pact with the On Wednesday, Freeland was tapped to serve as intergovernmental affairs minister and deputy prime While the role of deputy PM has often been seen as symbolic and was scrapped by former
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Those include in-person meetings in Ottawa and phone calls with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister as well as local mayors from across the West.
On Friday, he also met with Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who has, along with the Western premiers, been a frequent critic of Trudeau's carbon tax but last week called for national unity and a calming of the political rhetoric.
Freeland was in that meeting as well, and the Monday trip to meet with both Kenney and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson marks her first with the new tasks set to her in the deputy prime minister role, which Trudeau said last week would have a large focus on trying to bring the country together.
Scheer criticizes Liberal cabinet lineup while Kenney, Ford congratulate the new team
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer scoffed at the composition of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new federal cabinet Wednesday, saying the presence of many of the same faces will result in the same failures as his last government."The cabinet he unveiled today is a bigger and more bloated version of the same one that helped create an affordability crisis for Canadian families, attacked our energy sector and put thousands of Canadians out of work, and set the stage for a national unity crisis," Scheer said in a statement.
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“Chrystia and I have worked very closely on some of the biggest files facing Canada," he said following the cabinet shuffle.
"Our ability to work well together on these issues — which, quite frankly, touch national unity, the environment, touch relations with all provinces and regions in this country — is going to be a very important thing at a time when we see a range of perspectives across the country that need to be brought together.”
Freeland, who remains the minister responsible for Canada's relations with the U.S. as well, said many of the lessons she learned renegotiating the NAFTA trade deal will directly apply to how she approaches trying to heal divides with the Western provinces.
“I think what we have to do as a federal government when it comes to the West, as with all our relationships, is really listen hard," she told reporters last week.
“The election sent a message from the West to our party, and now is a moment when we need to respond, to begin with, by listening really hard and effectively.”
Freeland is alsoin Regina on Tuesday.
Fiscal stabilization reforms to be a focus of Freeland-premiers meeting: Moe .
Premier Scott Moe says the provinces will be looking for areas of consensus.Premiers are set to met in Toronto for two days beginning on Monday with Deputy Prime Minister and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.