Trudeau cabinet shuffle: Sohi moved to Natural Resources, Chagger no longer minister of small business and tourism

Amarjeet Sohi
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PRIME Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday moved Amarjeet Sohi from the infrastructure and communities ministry to the natural resources ministry in a cabinet shuffle, while Bardish Chagger was divested of the small business and tourism portfolio.

According to a statement by the Prime Minister’s office, “Sohi will support Canada’s important resource industries and help them innovate to support long-term economic growth and export to new markets around the world. He will oversee important pipeline projects, including the completion of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.”

Chagger remains Leader of the Government in

Bardish Chagger

the House of Commons. Her former portfolio has now been split between Mary Ng, who becomes minister of small business and export promotion, and Mélanie Joly, who becomes minister of tourism, official languages and La Francophonie.

Harjit Sajjan retains his National Defence portfolio, while Navdeep Singh Bains remains Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
Trudeau expanded the cabinet by five new positions and assigned some ministers with new or changed duties to as he reassessed his priorities with the 2019 election in view. He created new portfolios for seniors, intergovernmental affairs and border security.

The new ministers:

* Bill Blair, former Toronto police chief,  becomes minister of border security and organized crime reduction.

* Mary Ng, a former staffer in Trudeau’s office, becomes minister for small business and export promotion.

* Filomena Tassi, an MP from Hamilton, Ontario, becomes minister for seniors.

* Jonathan Wilkinson, an MP from North Vancouver, becomes minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

* Pablo Rodriguez, who was chief government whip, becomes minister of heritage and multiculturalism.

Jonathan Wilkinson
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