Justin Trudeau has decided to shuffle his cabinet today adding 5 new minsters and changing the duties for others.
It’s all part of the Liberals plan to appeal to as many voters as possible for the election being held next year.
There’s a lot of news here so let’s get to what's different, and what it means.
The new ministers are:
Mary Ng, becomes minister for small business and export promotion.
Bill Blair, who was once Toronto’s police chief and led the government on marijuana legalization becomes minister of border security and organized crime reduction.
Filomena Tassi, is now the minister for seniors.
Jonathan Wilkinson from Vancouver will be the minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
Pablo Rodriguez, becomes minister of heritage and multiculturalism.
Ministers who have had their roles changed are:
Dominic LeBlanc, who goes from Fisheries and Oceans to Intergovernmental Affairs, Northern Affairs and Internal Trade.
Amarjeet Sohi, has been moved from Infrastructure to Natural Resources.
Carla Qualtrough, will remain minister of public services and procurement but will now have the added task of dealing with accessibility.
Jim Carr, moves from Natural Resources to International Trade Diversification.
Mélanie Joly, has been transferred from Heritage to minister of tourism, official languages and la francophonie.
François-Philippe Champagne, moves from International Trade to Infrastructure and Communities.
So, what does all this mean?
One interesting thing is Bill Blair, now the minister of border security and organized crime reduction, he will be in charge of handling illegal immigrant’s and may be brought into conflict with Ontario premier Doug Ford who has expressed his frustration with the government’s handling of people crossing the border illegally.
This shuffle has also been done with the changing relationship between Canada and the U.S. with the trade dispute, which will likely fall on the shoulders of Mary Ng the new minister for small business and export promotion.
“We need to diversify our markets. We need to ensure we aren’t as dependant on the United States,” Trudeau said at a press conference today.
Expanding the cabinet in the run-up to an election is a common practice in Canadian politics.
Keeping it small during the first years saves taxpayers money but expanding it means the government handle more projects to entice voters.