Jul 24, 2023

By Jane Brown

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called some of his cabinet ministers back to Ottawa for meetings, Monday and Tuesday, ahead of an impending cabinet shuffle that is expected to take place as early as Wednesday.

According to a CBC report, Dominic LeBlanc, minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and Ginette Petitpas Taylor, minister of Official Languages and minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, are among those who have been recalled to the nation’s capital.

Conservative strategist Jason Lietaer told Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer, this is expected to be a really big refresh.

“The big thing that’s happening here is they’re expecting an election in a couple of years and they’re starting to think politically about areas of the country that they’ve got to shore up,” Lietaer explained, “Making sure they’re strong in Quebec, making sure the right people in Atlantic Canada are in place, the lower mainland of B.C. where they’ve been strong in recent elections and making sure they’ve got the right people in place there, and in the GTA. So this is going to be a very political cabinet shuffle and the prime minister is going to be making no bones about the fact this is the next team heading into the next election.”

Listen to the full conversation by clicking here.

Several ministerial announcements that had been slated for early this week have also been abruptly cancelled, including events today with Transport Minister Omar Alghabra in Vancouver and Housing Minister Ahmed Hussen in St. John’s.

Cancelled ministerial events are also often a signal that a cabinet shuffle is pending.

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