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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:58 am    Post subject: Trudeau shuffles his cabinet once again Reply with quote

( not sure how many minor cabinet shuffles there has been but there was another one this morning , couple significant changes and a new justice minister was named )

Trudeau taps two rookies, moves three ministers in cabinet shakeup

Rachel Aiello, Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer

Published Monday, January 14, 2019 4:16AM EST
Last Updated Monday, January 14, 2019 9:47AM EST

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is shuffling around three members of the federal cabinet today, and appointing two rookies to the front bench.

PM Trudeau and Governor General Julie Payette oversaw the latest changes to the ministerial roster at the swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall. Trudeau and the new roster of ministers will hold media availabilities Monday, to discuss the changes.

Trudeau has moved minister Jane Philpott into the newly-vacated role as president of the Treasury Board and minister of digital government. This spot needed filling after long-time MP Scott Brison announced last week that he was resigning from cabinet because he will not be seeing re-election in 2019. The main priority of this position is overseeing the federal public service and intergovernmental spending.

Philpott, an Ontario MP, has been seen as a strong performer in cabinet. Trudeau called her a "natural choice" for the new job given her experience as vice-chair of the Treasury Board cabinet committee.

Philpott moves out of her role as Indigenous services minister, a cabinet post created in 2017 as part of an effort to reset the nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous people.

That job is now Newfoundland MP Seamus O'Regan's, who is being shuffled out of the Veterans Affairs portfolio, a job he's had since joining cabinet in that same 2017 shuffle. He'll be continuing the work on delivering programs to First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, including education and housing, as well as chipping away at clearing the drinking water advisories in First Nation communities.

Jody Wilson-Raybould is out as justice minister, a job she's had since 2015, and has been shuffled into the Veterans Affairs job.

Replacing her as Canada's new justice minister and attorney general is Quebec MP David Lametti, who had been serving as a parliamentary secretary for innovation.

Keeping in mind regional representation, Trudeau has promoted Nova Scotia MP Bernadette Jordan to cabinet in a new role, as minister of rural economic development. She had been serving as a parliamentary secretary for democratic institutions.

In this new cabinet position Jordan will be responsible for overseeing a new rural jobs strategy, implementing high-speed internet to more rural areas, and handling the infrastructure needs of these communities.

She also becomes the first female to represent a Nova Scotia riding in cabinet.

The shuffle puts the size of the federal cabinet at 36 members, including Trudeau. This is the largest number of seats around the cabinet table that this government has had. The gender balance is retained with today's changes.

Pending further unanticipated departures, many see this as likely the last shuffle before the next federal election, meaning that this lineup will likely be the roster of ministers that Trudeau wants to have in place for the 2019 campaign.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

David Lametti named Canada's new justice minister in Liberal cabinet shuffle

Montreal MP replaces Jody Wilson-Raybould, who moves to Veterans Affairs

CBC News · Posted: Jan 14, 2019 7:53 AM ET | Last Updated: 20 minutes ago

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will announce details of a cabinet shuffle Monday morning. Power & Politics has special coverage of who’s in and who’s out. 0:00

Montreal MP David Lametti is Canada's new justice minister, taking over from Jody Wilson-Raybould, who has been moved to Veterans Affairs Canada in a cabinet shuffle Monday in Ottawa.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is shaking up his inner circle in what's likely to be the last change before Canadians head to the polls later this year.

CBC News is carrying live the swearing-in live ceremony that began 8:45 a.m. ET at the Governor General's residence at Rideau Hall, as well as a news conference with Trudeau and new ministers.

Lametti, a former law professor at McGill University, had previously served as parliamentary secretary to Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains.

Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott has been chosen to fill the cabinet vacancy as president of the Treasury Board, and Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O'Regan replaces Philpott.

Montreal MP David Lametti arrives for the Liberal government's cabinet shuffle and swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Monday. Lametti is the new justice minister. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

The cabinet shuffle was prompted by the resignation of longtime MP Scott Brison, president of the Treasury Board.

He announced Thursday he wouldn't be running for re-election this year so was stepping down now, leaving a Nova Scotia representation vacancy in cabinet.

Jody Wilson-Raybould has been moved from Justice Canada to Veterans Affairs in the shuffle. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

On Monday, Nova Scotia MP Bernadette Jordan was appointed minister of Rural Economic Development.

According to a news release from the Prime Minister's Office, Jordan will be tasked with developing a new rural development strategy to "spur economic growth and create good, middle-class jobs in rural Canada." She will also work to bring high-speed internet to rural homes and businesses, and work with municipalities, provinces, territories and Indigenous partners to meet infrastructure needs of rural communities.

Several ministers were juggled just six months ago, as Trudeau expanded and shifted his cabinet ahead of the 2019 election year.

July's shuffle brought five new ministers to the table and added new files for seniors, intergovernmental affairs and border security.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( a relatively unknown mp from Nova Scotia found her way into cabinet , little is known about her but her riding had been held by longtime tory mp Gerald Keddy from 1997-2015 and hasn't typically been a riding that votes liberal federally

looking thru its history from the late 60's until now its only ever had 2 liberal mp's , one in 93 for 1 term and her win in 2015 . it mostly had pc mp's but had always been close races between conservatives , liberals and ndp . it had been a top ndp target for a few years but they never won the seat but did win provincial ridings within it

the riding has rarely had any cabinet minsters expect a rookie pc mp who was put into cabinet a few months before the 93 election only to lose the seat

the fact that the riding votes liberal so rarely might explain why she's suddenly in cabinet , only 2 liberal wins in the last 50 years might explain why they feel she needs to boost her profile in Ottawa )

MP Bernadette Jordan takes Nova Scotia's seat at cabinet table

Published Monday, January 14, 2019 7:58AM AST
Last Updated Monday, January 14, 2019 10:07AM AST

OTTAWA -- Montreal MP David Lametti is becoming Canada's new justice minister as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffles his cabinet to deal with the sudden departure of Nova Scotia MP Scott Brison.

He's one of five ministers and ministers-to-be who walked up to Rideau Hall to be sworn in on a frigid Monday morning in Ottawa.

Vancouver's Jody Wilson-Raybould is moving from the high-profile Justice position to Veterans Affairs, generally considered a more minor portfolio.


Bernadette Jordan
Bernadette Jordan, the MP for South Shore-St. Margaret's, takes Nova Scotia's seat at the cabinet table, becoming minister of rural economic development. (Bernadette Jordan/Twitter)

Seamus O'Regan, meanwhile, is moving from Veterans Affairs to Indigenous Services.

And Jane Philpott is moving from Indigenous Services to Treasury Board, Brison's former portfolio and a key economic position at the cabinet table.

Bernadette Jordan takes Nova Scotia's seat at the cabinet table, becoming minister of rural economic development -- a new position on the front bench.

The small shuffle was prompted by Brison's announcement late last week that he would step down from the cabinet and not run again in the next election.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am fairly surprised to see Jody Wilson-Raybould moved out of Justice;

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I am fairly surprised to see Jody Wilson-Raybould moved out of Justice;

it does seem to be one of the more confusing changes and David Lemetti is a low profile mp to suddenly now be justice minister , we've rarely seen anything from him in Ottawa so far

but seems to follow the liberal tradition of having a cluster of cabinet minister from downtown Montreal

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the new Ministry of rural economic development is also kind of a joke and obvious pre election plan to bride rural east coast ridings with free money ( our tax dollars )

as with an election campaign to start in September its not like she's suddenly going to be able to bring 1000's of jobs to rural Canada

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( this article helps to explain the new position , although very doubtful she actually achieves results .

it would seem to be more about having someone to run around and hand out cheques pre election in rural liberal ridings )

Why the Liberals can't afford to ignore rural Canada

Bernadette Jordan was tapped to head up new rural development portfolio in Monday's cabinet shuffle

Éric Grenier · CBC News · Posted: Jan 15, 2019 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 6 hours ago

Just under one-third of the members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal caucus represent rural ridings. (Chris Donovan/Canadian Press)


The Trudeau government created a new ministerial portfolio in Monday's federal cabinet shuffle. That suggests Prime Minister Justin Trudeau felt his government had a blindspot heading into October's federal election: a lack of focus on rural Canadians.

Scott Brison's decision to leave the Liberal cabinet and retire from politics prompted Monday's shuffle and left a hole in Trudeau's front bench. The former president of the Treasury Board was Nova Scotia's lone representative in cabinet. He also represents a rural riding.

His replacement as the province's only cabinet minister is Bernadette Jordan. She didn't get Brison's job — that was handed to Jane Philpott, who moved from Indigenous Services — but instead was handed a new title. Jordan will be the minister for 'rural economic development'.

That the Liberals felt the need to task a new minister with the file suggests they were worried the government wasn't addressing (or wasn't seen to be addressing) the concerns of rural Canadians. As electoral demographics go, rural Canada isn't the most important one for the Liberals. But it's still one that the party needs in order to secure re-election in the fall.

The Liberals' urban/rural divide

For a region to be considered 'rural', according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, its population density must top out at 150 people per square kilometre. Using that measure and the results of the 2016 census, there are 150 rural ridings in Canada. The remaining 188 — 56 per cent of the total — are considered urban.

The Liberals do very well in urban ridings. They currently hold 127, compared to just 30 for Andrew Scheer's Conservatives, 24 for the New Democrats, four for the Bloc Québécois and one for Elizabeth May and the Greens. Another three are occupied by independent MPs — two of them former Liberals and one a former New Democrat.

The most densely-populated parts of the country voted for either the Liberals or the New Democrats in 2015; the two parties hold the 53 most densely-populated ridings in Canada. They also hold the least densely-populated parts of the country: northern regions with significant Indigenous populations that tend to vote for either the Liberals or the NDP.

But the Liberals cannot hold power with urban ridings alone. Many of those urban ridings are located in areas that are electorally inaccessible to them. Calgary, Edmonton and Quebec City, despite some Liberal breakthroughs in 2015, are solidly Conservative. Parts of Vancouver, Hamilton and Windsor have long been painted NDP orange.

Rural Canada put Liberals over the top in 2015

The Conservatives hold the lion's share of rural seats, with 67 of the 150 rural ridings in the country. The Liberals have 54, Jagmeet Singh's New Democrats hold 20, the Bloc has six and Maxime Bernier of the People's Party has one. Two rural seats are occupied by independents, one a former Liberal and one a former Conservative.

While urban seats put the Liberals three-quarters of the way to a majority government in 2015, rural ridings put the party over the top. These were primarily in Atlantic Canada, where 24 of the 32 seats (the Liberals swept the region) are considered rural. The Liberals won another 13 rural seats in Ontario, 10 in Quebec, four in British Columbia and all three in the North. The Liberals hold no rural seats in Alberta, Manitoba or Saskatchewan.

On the one hand, appointing Jordan (who represents South Shore–St. Margaret's, population density 10.8 per square kilometre) to head up the government's outreach to rural Canadians can be seen as a defensive move. The Conservatives are targeting about two dozen rural Liberal seats this year — including half of the seats in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, a number of seats in northern and eastern Ontario and a few in B.C.'s Fraser Valley.

On the other hand, the Liberals might spy some opportunities for gains in rural ridings as well — primarily in Quebec. Together, the Bloc and New Democrats hold 14 rural seats in the province, and both parties are floundering in the polls as the Liberals move ahead in voting intentions. But Jordan does not speak French well, so her ability to appeal to francophone rural Quebecers might be limited.

The Liberals also could be targeting a few Conservative seats in the B.C. Interior — the prime minister held a town hall last week in Kamloops, B.C. — and NDP seats in the northern Prairies.

Not a decisive vote, but a needed one

The Liberals and Conservatives have mirror-image caucuses when it comes to the rural-urban split. About two-thirds of the Liberal caucus is urban while about two-thirds of the Conservative caucus is rural. The Conservatives need to move back into the urban centres of Canada in order to threaten Trudeau's government. Rural seats should be the lowest-hanging fruit for Scheer — far easier for him to pluck than those in the suburbs that tilted the 2015 election in the Liberals' favour.

Minister of Rural Economic Development Bernadette Jordan represents the rural riding of South Shore–St. Margaret's, one of 24 rural ridings the Liberals hold in Atlantic Canada. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

As an electoral move, appointing Jordan to lead a new rural economic development program makes sense. The rural file is one that generally puts the Liberals on the back foot. Handled well, however, it could help secure the party's re-election.

But the real test will be whether Jordan can achieve tangible results for rural Canadians. A new job title and a seat at the cabinet table won't be enough. How the Liberals perform in Canada's 150 rural ridings in October's election will in part be a measure of Bernadette Jordan's success or failure in her new portfolio.

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