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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( according to a post I just saw a shuffle is coming tomorrow so more to come )


580 CFRA ‏@CFRAOttawa · 18m18 minutes ago

BREAKING: Federal cabinet shuffle coming tomorrow, say Canadian Press sources. #cdnpoli
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NewsAlert: Trudeau plans cabinet facelift, impacting at least six ministers


By The Canadian Press — Jan 9 2017


OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to give his year-old cabinet a facelift on Tuesday.

Sources tell The Canadian Press that the shuffle will involve at least six people.

Those expected to be moved include International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, who is considered likely to replace Stephane Dion at Foreign Affairs.

Also believed in the mix are Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu, seen as a strong performer, and Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef — widely criticized for her handling of Trudeau's promise to reform Canada's voting system.

Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk is also expected to be moved.

Sources, speaking anonymously because they are not authorized to disclose details publicly, expect at least one new face in cabinet: Francois-Philippe Champagne, currently parliamentary secretary to Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

More Coming



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http://www.nationalnewswatch.c.....HP4NEn2Zjp
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trudeau to shuffle Cabinet Tuesday


Joan Bryden, THE CANADIAN PRESS

First posted: Monday, January 09, 2017 03:55 PM EST | Updated: Monday, January 09, 2017 05:10 PM EST



OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to give his year-old cabinet a facelift on Tuesday, shifting some weak ministers and promoting strong performers as his government braces for Donald Trump’s imminent ascension to the U.S. presidency.

Sources tell The Canadian Press that the shuffle will involve at least six people.

Those expected to be moved include International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, who is believed likely to replace Stephane Dion at Foreign Affairs.

Freeland, a former economics journalist with extensive contacts in the United States, is credited with deftly navigating through some eleventh-hour obstacles that threatened last fall to scupper the Canada-European Union free trade agreement — potentially valuable experience for dealing with the incoming Trump administration.

Trump, whose inauguration takes place Jan. 20, has vowed to adopt an unapologetically protectionist, America-first policy on trade, including re-opening or even tearing up the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Dion’s tenure at Foreign Affairs has been a rocky one, marred by controversy over his approval of a $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. His prickly demeanour could also be ill-suited to dealing with the unpredictable Trump, who has demonstrated a tendency to easily take offence.

Rumours have swirled for months that Dion was to be named ambassador to France but he has denied any interest in the plum post.

News of the shuffle leaked out Monday, just as the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that Trudeau’s two top aides, Katie Telford and Gerald Butts, have been meeting with some of Trump’s senior advisers, building bridges to the incoming administration.

Also believed to be in the shuffle mix are Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu, seen as a strong performer, and Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef — widely criticized for her handling of Trudeau’s promise to reform Canada’s voting system.

Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk is also expected to be moved.

Sources, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose details publicly, expect at least one new face in cabinet: Francois-Philippe Champagne, parliamentary secretary to Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

In his first cabinet of 30 ministers, Trudeau famously appointed an equal number of men and women “because it’s 2015.” That parity was upset last fall when Hunter Tootoo resigned from cabinet and the Liberal caucus to seek treatment for alcohol addiction following what he later admitted was an inappropriate relationship with a female staffer.

The addition of Champagne would restore the gender balance, assuming Dion remains in cabinet in some capacity.

Another insider, speaking anonymously to discuss details not yet made public, said Tuesday’s modest shuffle is part of a strategy to gradually renew the cabinet team, rather than conduct one massive shake-up midway through Trudeau’s first mandate.

Another realignment of ministerial positions is likely in the summer before kicking off the second half on the mandate in the fall with a throne speech, said the insider.

http://www.torontosun.com/2017.....le-cabinet
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Justin Trudeau to shuffle his cabinet today

Changes to foreign affairs, immigration, labour and democratic institutions portfolios, sources say

CBC News Posted: Jan 09, 2017 3:57 PM ET| Last Updated: Jan 10, 2017 7:33 AM ET

MaryAnn Mihychuk, Maryam Monsef and Stéphane Dion are all being moved out of their current portfolios in Tuesday's cabinet shuffle, sources tell CBC News.




Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make changes to his cabinet on Tuesday, including replacing Stéphane Dion as foreign affairs minister and John McCallum in immigration, CBC News has learned.

The cabinet shuffle, first reported by The Canadian Press, comes as the prime minister prepares for a cross-Canada grassroots tour over the next few weeks.

Cameron Ahmed, a spokesman for the Prime Minister's Office, declined to comment, saying in an email "our office does not comment on rumours."

But sources familiar with the government's plans confirmed the news of the shuffle on condition of anonymity.


Dion is out as foreign affairs minister, sources tell CBC News. Also leaving his position, sources said, is McCallum. The immediate future for both is unclear, as are their replacements.

The experienced Dion and McCallum, who represents Markham-Thornhill in Ontario, were among the relatively small group of Trudeau cabinet ministers with links to previous Liberal governments.

McCallum, 65, served as defence minister under Jean Chrétien and in veteran affairs in Paul Martin's cabinet.

Dion, 61, was environment minister under Martin and then succeeded him as party leader, a position he held until shortly after the party lost 18 seats in a 2008 federal election defeat. Dion represents the Quebec riding of Saint-Laurent.

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef, also from Ontario, who attracted controversy for her handling of the electoral reform file, will be moved out of the portfolio, sources told CBC News. The MP from Peterborough-Kawartha will remain in cabinet, but it's not clear in what position.

Sources also told CBC News MaryAnn Mihychuk will be shuffled out of her office as Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, though there was no information on where the Manitoba MP from Kildonan-St. Paul may end up.

Trudeau's cabinet was sworn in just over 14 months ago but has already seen a few changes.

Last May, former fisheries minister Hunter Tootoo was dropped from cabinet for personal reasons and replaced by former government House leader Dominic LeBlanc. In a mid-summer move, Small Business and Tourism Minister Bardish Chagger was handed LeBlanc's House leader duties.

But the inauguration next week of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump has put new focus on the government's handling of the Canada-U.S. relationship. A shuffle would allow Trudeau to move strong ministers into roles that are critical to that relationship, while also addressing some weaker performers.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to shuffle his cabinet Tuesday. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Sources also told Radio-Canada, CBC's French-language service, that François-Philippe Champagne is expected to be elevated to cabinet after a strong performance as Finance Minister Bill Morneau's parliamentary secretary. Champagne is a first-term MP representing the Quebec riding of Saint-Maurice–Champlain.

The timing of Tuesday's cabinet shuffle was not immediately known.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politic.....47?cmp=rss
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This does not auger well.

Two of the more senior people in the cabinet are being put out to pasture. I have no doubt that they have exercised a little restraint on the boyish predilections of Justin, particularly on immigration. (Justin is, of course, the hood ornament on a machine driven by Gerald Bull, and a few others.)

Expect a new level of crazy, as the federal Liberals go further down the path that McGuinty blazed before them when they were on their way to ruining Ontario. They are merely nationalizing their previous success at the provincial level. And with that friggin' McCallum gone, there'll be less negativity around the cabinet table.
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The way that Maryam Monsef is wearing the failure of the democratic reform promise is truly a master stroke from the LPC brain-trust.

They put a 31 year old into a portfolio that was to carryout the single greatest change to the way we elect our government in the history of this nation with no clear mandate and no clear direction.

Then after more than a year of trying to shape some sort of direction the entire process goes sideways and Maryam Monsef gets drop-kicked out of her portfolio effectively implying she mishandled the execution of a vague and nonsensical election promise.

Stephane Dion being moved out of Foreign Affairs is the right call;
He never should have been there to begin with but replacing him with Chrystia Freeland isn't exactly a huge step up.

Her handling of the final touches on the EU trade deal did not fill me with confidence and I would have some concerns about her handling the new administration down South.

The LPC has folks like Judy Foote & Scott Brison who in my opinion I would have rather seen in that portfolio.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chrystia Freeland becomes foreign minister as Trudeau shuffles cabinet

Justin Trudeau rearranges key cabinet ministers days before Donald Trump installed as U.S. president

CBC News Posted: Jan 10, 2017 8:41 AM ET| Last Updated: Jan 10, 2017 11:15 AM ET

Chrystia Freeland will be named minister of Foreign Affairs in a cabinet shuffle to take place today.


Chrystia Freeland will be appointed Canada's new minister of foreign affairs in a sweeping Liberal cabinet shakeup to be announced later today, CBC News has learned.

Freeland, who leaves the international trade portfolio, will replace Stéphane Dion, who is leaving politics to become Canada's ambassador to the European Union and Germany, sources tell CBC News.

Immigration Minister John McCallum is also leaving politics and will be named Canada's ambassador to China.

The swearing-in ceremony for the new ministers will take place at Rideau Hall at 2 p.m. and CBCNews.ca will carry it live.

Other changes to be announced today, confirmed by CBC News:

■François-Philippe Champagne will become minister of international trade.
■Patty Hajdu will move from status of women to labour.
■Maryam Monsef will transfer from democratic institutions to status of women.
■Karina Gould will be named minister of democratic institutions.
■Ahmed Hussen become minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship.

Hussen, Canada's first-ever MP of Somali descent, is a lawyer and community activist in the Toronto riding of York South-Weston.

Ahmed Hussen
Ahmed Hussen, the Liberal MP for the Toronto-area riding of York South-Weston, will be Canada's new minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship. (CBC Marketplace)

Gould, 29, a former trade and development worker who represents the riding of Burlington, Ont., was promoted from her previous role as parliamentary secretary to the minister of International Development.

Champagne, a first-term MP for the Quebec riding of Saint-Maurice–Champlain, is a former businessman and lawyer. He was considered a strong performer as parliamentary secretary to Finance Minister Bill Morneau.


McCallum, Dion assume ambassador roles

McCallum, 65, served as defence minister under Jean Chrétien and presided over the veteran affairs file in Paul Martin's cabinet.

Dion, 61, was environment minister under Martin and then succeeded him as party leader, a position he held until shortly after the party lost 18 seats in a 2008 federal election defeat. Dion represents the Quebec riding of Saint-Laurent.

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Liberal MP Karina Gould will head up the democratic institutions file. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Monsef, the Ontario MP for Peterborough-Kawartha, has taken criticism for her handling of the electoral reform file, and was forced to apologize last month for accusing MPs on the special committee studying the issue of shirking their duties.

Sources also told CBC News MaryAnn Mihychuk will be shuffled out of her office as minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

Trudeau's cabinet was sworn in just over 14 months ago with an even number of men and women, but has already seen a few changes.

Last May, former fisheries minister Hunter Tootoo was dropped from cabinet for personal reasons and replaced by former government House leader Dominic LeBlanc. In a midsummer move, Small Business and Tourism Minister Bardish Chagger was handed LeBlanc's House leader duties.

The inauguration next week of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump has put new focus on the government's handling of the Canada-U.S. relationship. A shuffle allows Trudeau to move perceived strong ministers into roles that are critical to that relationship while addressing some of the weaker performers

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politic.....-1.3928723
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bugs wrote:
This does not auger well.

Two of the more senior people in the cabinet are being put out to pasture. I have no doubt that they have exercised a little restraint on the boyish predilections of Justin, particularly on immigration. (Justin is, of course, the hood ornament on a machine driven by Gerald Bull, and a few others.)

Expect a new level of crazy, as the federal Liberals go further down the path that McGuinty blazed before them when they were on their way to ruining Ontario. They are merely nationalizing their previous success at the provincial level. And with that friggin' McCallum gone, there'll be less negativity around the cabinet table.



it seems very early for a major shuffle , often this doesn't take place till much later on .

one has to wonder what the liberals internal polling is saying , they removed 2 of the higher profile reminders of past liberal governments ( Dion and McCallum ) and sent them off to far away ambassador posts , this surely has to be part of a bigger plan of rebranding them to look more new and modern

one has to wonder if people are starting to view this government as not "new " but rather simply a continuation of the liberal government we had from 1993-2005 and there trying to change that image by bringing some new faces and taking out the reminders of the past
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cosmostein wrote:
The way that Maryam Monsef is wearing the failure of the democratic reform promise is truly a master stroke from the LPC brain-trust.

They put a 31 year old into a portfolio that was to carryout the single greatest change to the way we elect our government in the history of this nation with no clear mandate and no clear direction.

Then after more than a year of trying to shape some sort of direction the entire process goes sideways and Maryam Monsef gets drop-kicked out of her portfolio effectively implying she mishandled the execution of a vague and nonsensical election promise.

Stephane Dion being moved out of Foreign Affairs is the right call;
He never should have been there to begin with but replacing him with Chrystia Freeland isn't exactly a huge step up.

Her handling of the final touches on the EU trade deal did not fill me with confidence and I would have some concerns about her handling the new administration down South.

The LPC has folks like Judy Foote & Scott Brison who in my opinion I would have rather seen in that portfolio.



according to the CBC they are putting a new mp Karina Gould from Burlington into democratic reform . I have never even heard of her before other than knowing she was the mp for Burlington , it seems bizarre to put such a low profile rookie into a post that has caused such headache and yet to be resolved

it doesn't give me much hope for the democratic reform issue personally


there also rewarding bad behaviour , Patty Hajdu who just blew a $million on a new office is getting upgraded to labour , she was seen as a strong performer ?
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RCO wrote:
cosmostein wrote:
The way that Maryam Monsef is wearing the failure of the democratic reform promise is truly a master stroke from the LPC brain-trust.

They put a 31 year old into a portfolio that was to carryout the single greatest change to the way we elect our government in the history of this nation with no clear mandate and no clear direction.

Then after more than a year of trying to shape some sort of direction the entire process goes sideways and Maryam Monsef gets drop-kicked out of her portfolio effectively implying she mishandled the execution of a vague and nonsensical election promise.

Stephane Dion being moved out of Foreign Affairs is the right call;
He never should have been there to begin with but replacing him with Chrystia Freeland isn't exactly a huge step up.

Her handling of the final touches on the EU trade deal did not fill me with confidence and I would have some concerns about her handling the new administration down South.

The LPC has folks like Judy Foote & Scott Brison who in my opinion I would have rather seen in that portfolio.



according to the CBC they are putting a new mp Karina Gould from Burlington into democratic reform . I have never even heard of her before other than knowing she was the mp for Burlington , it seems bizarre to put such a low profile rookie into a post that has caused such headache and yet to be resolved

it doesn't give me much hope for the democratic reform issue personally


Tossing a 29 year into this portfolio with limited relevant experience has me questioning just how serious the Liberals are about Election Reform.

Her professional experience appears to be as a Migration Consultant and Academically she has her MA in International Relations which was relevant to her role as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development but I am not sure how it equates to being an asset in running one of the most visible and currently scrutinized departments in Government.

Is this about the best person for the job or about trying to lend some profile to an MP in a riding that is likely to go back to the CPC in the next election?


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cosmostein wrote:
RCO wrote:
cosmostein wrote:
The way that Maryam Monsef is wearing the failure of the democratic reform promise is truly a master stroke from the LPC brain-trust.

They put a 31 year old into a portfolio that was to carryout the single greatest change to the way we elect our government in the history of this nation with no clear mandate and no clear direction.

Then after more than a year of trying to shape some sort of direction the entire process goes sideways and Maryam Monsef gets drop-kicked out of her portfolio effectively implying she mishandled the execution of a vague and nonsensical election promise.

Stephane Dion being moved out of Foreign Affairs is the right call;
He never should have been there to begin with but replacing him with Chrystia Freeland isn't exactly a huge step up.

Her handling of the final touches on the EU trade deal did not fill me with confidence and I would have some concerns about her handling the new administration down South.

The LPC has folks like Judy Foote & Scott Brison who in my opinion I would have rather seen in that portfolio.



according to the CBC they are putting a new mp Karina Gould from Burlington into democratic reform . I have never even heard of her before other than knowing she was the mp for Burlington , it seems bizarre to put such a low profile rookie into a post that has caused such headache and yet to be resolved

it doesn't give me much hope for the democratic reform issue personally


Tossing a 29 year into this portfolio with limited relevant experience has me questioning just how serious the Liberals are about Election Reform.

Her professional experience appears to be as a Migration Consultant and Academically she has her MA in International Relations which was relevant to her role as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development but I am not sure how it equates to being an asset in running one of the most viable and currently scrutinized departments in Government.

Is this about the best person for the job or about trying to lend some profile to an MP in a riding that is likely to go back to the CPC in the next election?


if the CBC report is accurate I find this the most hard to explain move of them all , moving out one inexperienced rookie mp for another rookie mp in such a controversial cabinet position , this issue has not been resolved and may not be for some time . I don't see the reasoning for bringing in this unknown mp ? to lead the charge for electoral reform

I think they would of been better staying with Monsef until the issue was at least resolved somewhat , switching midway and to an mp that seems rather unqualified for the post to begin with seems bizarre and troubling
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Mihychuk out, Hadju in as Trudeau shakes up cabinet



Kelsey Johnson

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017



Embattled Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk has been booted from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal cabinet, just months after she was removed from a key internal cabinet committee.

She’s been replaced by former Status of Women minister Patti Hadju, who was promoted to the employment file as part of Tuesday’s cabinet shuffle.

Hadju, the MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North, has been pegged as one of the rising stars in Trudeau’s federal cabinet. She previously worked with the homeless and on a community drug strategy in her hometown of Thunder Bay.

The rookie minister came under fire in December after access to information documents showed she had approved $1.1 million to build a new suite of offices for her and her staff.

Mihychuk, a former Manitoba industry, trade and mines minister minister, was appointed Canada’s employment, workforce and development minister in November 2015.

Her removal from cabinet had been rumoured for months; speculation heated up in August after most of her cabinet responsibilities were transferred to Jean-Yves Duclos. Mihychuk had been the lead on Employment Insurance and intergovernmental skills training. She kept the lead on workforce development projects tied to Indigenous training, post-secondary education reform and youth employment initiatives

As employment minister, Mihychuk was responsible for Canada’s beleaguered temporary foreign worker program, a policy area the Liberals promised to review. The review was welcomed by several sectors, like agriculture, which argued Conservative changes to the program had crippled their labour supply.

But at a private function in Ottawa with executives of the Canadian Labour Congress, Mihychuk said she she planned to celebrate in her office on the day the temporary foreign worker program was shut down — comments that were not welcomed by proponents of the program. The review was conducted by the House of Commons Human Resources committee.

She later apologized, insisting she was only joking. The review’s findings, which Mihychuk insisted she needed in order to decide whether to maintain a cap on the number of TFWs companies could employ, was later delayed because Parliament rose for the summer just hours before the report could be be tabled.

It wasn’t the only time Mihychuk found herself at odds with industry over the controversial TFW program.

Last January, the minister insisted a ongoing labour shortage in Canadian meat plants could be solved with better skills training and recruiting, not temporary workers — despite a top department official admitting in May 2015 the meat industry suffers from a “permanent labour shortage” that is both “acute and chronic.”

Canadian meat plants are typically short some 1,000 workers at any given time, while the agriculture industry has an estimated workforce shortage of nearly 60,000.

http://ipolitics.ca/2017/01/10.....p-cabinet/
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( there is conflicting reports as to if dion was given or accepted an ambassador post or not , although from reading this article and statement it seems certain he is leaving Ottawa and quitting as an mp )


Stéphane Dion quits political life after being dumped from Trudeau cabinet


Philip Authier, Montreal Gazette
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Published on: January 10, 2017 | Last Updated: January 10, 2017 3:22 PM EST



Dumped from the Trudeau cabinet, Saint-Laurent-Cartierville MP Stéphane Dion is quitting politics.

In a statement issued just as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was swearing in a new federal cabinet on Tuesday that did not include him, Dion said while he enjoyed the “incredible adventure” of public life, he now will be pursuing his future outside active politics.

Trudeau announced that Dion would be replaced as Canada’s foreign affairs minister by Chrystia Freeland, who had been minister of international trade.

“Over the last 21 years, I have devoted myself to my riding, to my fellow citizens, to Quebec, to all of Canada, to the role that we must play in the world and to the Liberal Party of Canada,” Dion said in his statement.

“Now I shall deploy my efforts outside active politics. I have enjoyed political life, especially when I was able to make a difference to benefit my fellow citizens.




“I emerge full of energy… renewable. But politics is not the only way to serve one’s country. Fortunately.”

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There have been reports Trudeau intends to name Dion ambassador to Germany and the EU, but that Dion had yet to accept the roles.

A former academic, then-prime minister Jean Chrétien brought Dion into cabinet with his chief role being to counter the arguments of Quebec’s separatist movement. He was later elected in 1997 as the MP for Saint-Laurent-Cartierville.

He also served in Paul Martin’s cabinet. In 2006, he was the surprise winner of the party’s leadership race, but quit in 2008 after failing to win a federal election.

http://montrealgazette.com/new.....au-cabinet
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Dumped from the Trudeau cabinet, Saint-Laurent-Cartierville MP Stéphane Dion is quitting politics.

In a statement issued just as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was swearing in a new federal cabinet on Tuesday that did not include him, Dion said while he enjoyed the “incredible adventure” of public life, he now will be pursuing his future outside active politics.

http://montrealgazette.com/new.....au-cabinet


I was shocked that after 2008 and the failed coup with the NDP and BQ he stuck around for another eight years.

Saint-Laurent being contested in a by-election is interesting;
Given that it was Robert Bourassa riding Provincially the Liberal ties run deep, as well as Western Montreal being very nationalist historically with all ridings currently occupied by the LPC except for Thomas Mulcairs which will be once he steps aside.
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Rookie MP Gould takes over troubled electoral reform file


Burlington MP Karina Gould inherits Liberals' messy democratic reform file with only months to make good on election promise.


Karina Gould is sworn in Tuesday as Minister of Democratic Institutions as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on.



By Alex BoutilierOttawa Bureau Reporter

Tues., Jan. 10, 2017


OTTAWA–Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promoted first-time Burlington MP Karina Gould to cabinet, tasking her with delivering on the Liberals’ troubled promise to reform Canada’s elections.

Gould was one of three rookie MPs elevated to cabinet Tuesday, replacing Peterborough MP Maryam Monsef as Minister of Democratic Institutions.

In that role, Gould will have the unenviable task of figuring out how to make good on Trudeau’s pledge to replace Canada’s 150-year old first-past-the-post electoral system.

It’s a mission that Gould believes in, at least.

“Electoral reform is the next step in (an) evolution toward a more inclusive system. We can build a better system that provides a stronger link between the democratic will of Canadians and the election results,” Gould said in the House of Commons last June.


“Parliamentarians will need to set aside partisan interests and engage in a thoughtful and substantive dialogue with each other and with citizens.”

Born in Burlington, 29-year old Gould studied politics at McGill University and at Oxford University from 2011-2013. According to Oxford professor Richard Caplan, Gould’s masters thesis focused on development in Haiti and the motives of different countries in driving that development.

Her official bio stated Gould’s interest in international development stemmed from a year volunteering at an orphanage in Mexico.

Gould, who was not available for an interview Tuesday, narrowly defeated incumbent Mike Wallace in the 2015 election, ending almost a decade of Conservative control of the Burlington riding.

Eleanor McMahon, the Ontario tourism minister and Burlington MPP who helped out with Gould’s campaign, praised the young politician as wise beyond her years.

“She’s a delightful young woman, incredibly component. She’ll hate me for saying this, but I often draw distinctions about her age, if only because I look on her level of competency, how self-possessed she is … and I think to be someone of her age and capability is impressive,” McMahon told the Star on Tuesday.

“She’s enormously thoughtful, thoughtful both from the perspective of being a kind-hearted person, but also thoughtful in the way she thinks through issues, in the way that she processes information and makes decisions. She’s not a precipitous decision maker, she thinks things through.”

Gould will need those talents if she’s to successfully navigate the electoral reform file, which has become a bit of the minefield for the Liberals.

In the election campaign, Trudeau clearly and unambiguously promised that 2015 would be the last election under first-past-the-post, which allows parties to form majority governments with less than 40 per cent of the popular vote.

For months after winning a majority with less than 40 per cent of the vote, however, the Liberals seemed to be stalling on the file. Monsef bore the brunt of opposition criticism, facing accusations of ragging the puck.

The issue boiled over in December, when Monsef accused a committee that included Liberal colleagues of failing to do their job, and was accused of outright lying in the House of Commons.

Gould will have to mend those fences and introduce legislation within three or four months of assuming her cabinet posting – the deadline Elections Canada has set for adopting a new electoral system in time for the 2019 election.

Gould’s predecessor, Monsef, repeatedly said the government will not move forward with electoral reform without widespread support from the public, but the government has yet to explain how they would gauge that support.

Monsef assumed new duties as the minister responsible for status of women in Tuesday’s shuffle.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/01/10/rookie-mp-gould-takes-over-troubled-electoral-reform-file.html
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is a Winter Cabinet Shuffle looming ?

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