Jul 20, 2023
By Jane Brown
We’re learning Canada’s prime minister is expected to unveil a cabinet shuffle in the next week.
A Toronto Star report says Justin Trudeau’s overhaul will be less about a policy reset and more about a front bench makeover to execute promises and ensure the Liberals are in election-ready mode.
This means individuals in several federal cabinet posts will change, with some shifting spots and newcomers brought in as the prime minister unveils the team he intends to lead into the next election.
There is speculation Ahmed Hussen, currently minister of housing, diversity and inclusion, could be on the move.
Another is Marco Mendicino, the public safety minister who’s been on the front line of controversies including foreign elections interference and the bungled transfer of serial murderer Paul Bernardo.
Chrystia Freeland (Finance), Melanie Joly (Foreign Affairs), Francois-Philippe Champagne (Innovation) and Anita Anand (Defence) are likely to stay in their high profile portfolios.
The minority Trudeau Liberals have a governing deal with the New Democrats to stay in power until at least June of 2025 in exchange for progress on NDP priorities like dental care, pharmacare and housing. However, a Liberal-triggered election in 2024 is far from being ruled out.