2018 Canadian cabinet reshuffle

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Justin Trudeau in 2018.

On 18 July 2018, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau carried out a significant reshuffle of his ministry. This included the adding of 5 new ministry positions, expanding the previous size of cabinet from 30 to 35. The cabinet remained gender balanced.[1][2]

Cabinet changes[edit]

Colour key
  •      Joined the Cabinet
  •      Left the Cabinet
Minister Position before reshuffle Result of reshuffle
Mary Ng.jpg Mary Ng MP Backbench MP Became Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion
Minister of Seniors Filomena Tassi (cropped).jpg Filomena Tassi MP Deputy Government Whip Became Minister of Seniors[3]
Canadian Minister Jonathan Wilkinson (cropped).jpg Jonathan Wilkinson MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Became Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard[4]
IC Pablo Rodriguez.JPG Pablo Rodríguez MP Chief Government Whip Became Minister of Canadian Heritage
Dominic LeBlanc in 2017.jpg Dominic LeBlanc MP Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard Became Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Northern Affairs and Internal Trade
Amarjeet Sohi in 2019.jpg Amarjeet Sohi MP Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Became Minister of Natural Resources
Carla Qualtrough MP.jpg Carla Qualtrough MP Minister of Public Services and Procurement Given additional role as Minister of Accessibility
Jim Carr 2017.jpg Jim Carr MP Minister of Natural Resources Became Minister of International Trade Diversification
Melanie Joly 2017.jpg Mélanie Joly MP Minister of Canadian Heritage Became Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie
François-Philippe Champagne in 2017.jpg François-Philippe Champagne MP Minister of International Trade Became Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
2017 Halifax International Security Forum (38490985791) (cropped) Scott Brison.jpg Scott Brison MP President of the Treasury Board Given additional role as the new Minister of Digital Government
Carolyn Bennett 2017.jpg Carolyn Bennett MP Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations
Waterloo MP 2016.jpg Bardish Chagger MP Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism Leader of the Government in the House of Commons[5]
Bill Blair 2015 (cropped).jpg Bill Blair MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice Became the new Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction

Reaction[edit]

The appointment of Bill Blair as the new Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction was praised by Opposition Immigration Critic Michelle Rempel, in response to an increase of illegal crossings of the Canada–United States border.[6] The Deputy Leader of the Opposition Lisa Raitt called the reshuffle a "desperate attempt to hit the reset button before the next election".[1]

The reshuffle was labeled by CBC News as Trudeau's re-election kickoff for the 2019 federal election.[7]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Trudeau adds 5 new ministers in cabinet shakeup that puts focus on seniors, border security | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  2. "Trudeau Promotes 5 New Faces To His Inner Circle". HuffPost Canada. 2018-07-18. Retrieved 2020-11-25.
  3. Craggs, Samantha (18 July 2018). "Hamilton-area MP Filomena Tassi promises to bring passion to new seniors portfolio". CBC News. Retrieved 22 November 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. Laanela, Mike (18 July 2018). "North Vancouver MP Jonathan Wilkinson named federal minister of fisheries, oceans, coast guard". CBC News. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. "Waterloo MP Bardish Chagger shuffled out of small business, tourism portfolio". CBC News. 18 July 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "PM Adds Minister For Border Security Amid Criticism On Asylum Seekers Issue". HuffPost Canada. 2018-07-18. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  7. Hall, Chris (18 July 2018). "Make no mistake — Trudeau's cabinet shuffle is his re-election kickoff: Chris Hall". CBC News. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)


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