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2018 Federal Cabinet Shuffle

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As Justin Trudeau prepares for a 2019 election, he has shuffled his cabinet to address challenging files including intergovernmental relations, trade diversification & border security.

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2018 Federal Cabinet Shuffle

  1. 1. HEADLINE HERE Darcy Walsh Senior Vice President and General Manager Edelman Ottawa | 155 Queen St. Suite 1302 | Ottawa, ON K1P 6L1 | 1.613.569.9000 As the Liberal government approaches the final year of its mandate, the Prime Minister has shuffled his Cabinet in anticipation of the 2019 election. While Cabinet shuffles leading into an election year often replace ministers who are not seeking reelection, this shuffle is aimed at bolstering the Government’s position on hot-button issues that the Liberals will seek to campaign on when Canadians head to the polls in 2019. As was expected, none of the large portfolios saw a leadership change – the Ministers responsible for Finance, Global Affairs, and Climate Change and the Environment remained in their positions. The Cabinet has now grown to 35, the largest it has been under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, while still maintaining gender parity. Today saw 5 new Ministers enter Cabinet: Pablo Rodriguez, Bill Blair, Mary Ng, Filomena Tassi, and Jonathan Wilkinson. Three of these MPs hail from the Greater Toronto Area – a region that will prove crucial to a potential Liberal win in 2019. The Prime Minister is taking this opportunity to respond to evolving political challenges, including US protectionism, provincial relations (cannabis legalization, carbon tax), and border security (asylum seekers, gangs and gun violence). We expect that this will be the cabinet that will lead the Liberals into the election in October 2019. 2018 federal cabinet shuffle Located steps away from Parliament Hill, Edelman Ottawa provides an array of services to clients in Canada’s capital region. 155 Queen St., Suite 1302. Ottawa, ON K1P 6L1 Telephone: 613-569-9000 James Moore Special Advisor, Public Affairs Christopher Vivone Senior Vice President and Deputy General Manager EDELMAN OTTAWA NEW MINISTERS OUR PERSPECTIVE Dominic LeBlanc (Beauséjour, NB) Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade Jim Carr (Winnipeg South Centre, MB) Natural Resources International Trade Diversification Mélanie Joly (Ahuntsic-Cartierville, QC) Canadian Heritage Tourism, Official Languages, and La Francophonie Amarjeet Sohi (Edmonton Mill Woods, AB) Infrastructure and Communities Natural Resources Carla Qualtrough (Delta, BC) Public Services and Procurement Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility Francois-Phillipe Champagne (Saint-Maurice - Champlain, QC) International Trade Infrastructure and Communities Pablo Rodriguez (Honoré-Mercier, QC) Chief Government Whip Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism Bill Blair (Scarborough Southwest, ON) Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and to the Minister of Health Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Mary Ng (Markham - Thornhill, ON) Small Business and Export Promotion Filomena Tassi (Hamilton West - Ancaster - Dundas, ON) Deputy Government Whip Seniors Jonathan Wilkinson (North Vancouver, BC) Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Fisheries Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Scott Brison (Kings - Hants, NS) President of the Treasury Board President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government TOP TAKEAWAYS INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS Several high profile issues – including marijuana legalization, new pipelines and the imposition of a carbon tax – will depend on support from provinces and several new provincial governments (B.C., Ontario) with others likely to come (Alberta, Québec). As the Minister of Intergovernmental Relations, Dominic LeBlanc will focus on navigating and managing these relationships. The shuffle is aimed at addressing several issues currently hampering the Liberals including: DIVERSIFYING TRADE In the face of growing trade tensions with the U.S. – our biggest trading partner – Jim Carr has been appointed as the renamed Minister of International Trade Diversification. Dominic LeBlanc has also been given a new mandate to improve interprovincial trade, and Mary Ng charged with increasing small business exports. BORDER SECURITY The government has lately been taking heat from provinces and municipalities over a relative increase in asylum seekers, increased gang violence and the ongoing opioids crisis. In response, former Toronto Police Chief, Bill Blair has been appointed Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction. Blair will also continue his role overseeing the legalization of marijuana.

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