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Canada Trudeau to shuffle cabinet Tuesday

03:35  10 january  2017
03:35  10 january  2017 Source:   msn.com

Chrystia Freeland becomes foreign minister as Trudeau shuffles cabinet

  Chrystia Freeland becomes foreign minister as Trudeau shuffles cabinet Chrystia Freeland will be appointed Canada's new foreign affairs minister in a sweeping Liberal cabinet shakeup to be announced later today, CBC News has learned. Freeland will replace Stéphane Dion, who is leaving politics to take a diplomatic post.John McCallum also is leaving politics, and will be named Canada's ambassador to China.

A shuffle would allow Trudeau to move strong ministers into roles that are critical to that relationship, while also addressing some weaker performers. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to shuffle his cabinet Tuesday .

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

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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.

Chrystia Freeland becomes foreign minister as Trudeau shuffles cabinet

  Chrystia Freeland becomes foreign minister as Trudeau shuffles cabinet Chrystia Freeland will be appointed Canada's new foreign affairs minister 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.

OTTAWA—Three Toronto-area MPs earned big promotions as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet Tuesday to gird for a new protectionist president in Washington and potential economic turbulence to follow.

With the addition of Gould, Hussen and Champagne, Tuesday ’s shuffle restores that gender balance. This week’s shuffle may well be a prelude to another reset expected midway through Trudeau ’s first mandate. Insiders expect a major realignment this summer, with a cabinet shuffle followed by a

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.

Cabinet shuffle: Freeland up, Dion, out

  Cabinet shuffle: Freeland up, Dion, out Justin Trudeau is making Chrystia Freeland his new foreign affairs minister and promoting Toronto MP Ahmed Hussen to Immigration as part of a cabinet shakeup aimed in part at preparing for a Donald Trump presidency.&nbsp;Freeland, a former economics journalist with extensive contacts in the United States, leaves the trade portfolio to replace veteran Liberal MP Stephane Dion, whose next assignment has not been made clear.

Mr. Trudeau shuffled his cabinet Tuesday in a move that saw him demote underperformers and promote a trio of rookie MPs while ushering out some of the Liberal old guard, including former Liberal leader Stéphane Dion.

It is assumed that Trudeau will want to restore the gender balance with Tuesday ’s shuffle . This week’s shuffle may well be a prelude to another reset expected midway through Trudeau ’s first mandate. Insiders expect a major realignment this summer, with a cabinet shuffle followed by a throne speech

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.

This week's modest shuffle may well be a prelude to a larger reset expected midway through Trudeau's first mandate. Insiders expect a major realignment this summer, with a cabinet shuffle followed by a throne speech to kick off the second half of the mandate.

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