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Politics This Morning: Dust settles on cabinet shuffle; governors, premiers meet in Charlottetown

By Marco Vigliotti      
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured at the podium on Monday alongside the ministers involved in that day's cabinet shuffle, has appointed two new MPs to the ministry and moved around several current members. From left, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott. Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough, Sport and Persons with Disabilities Minister Kent Hehr, and Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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Good Tuesday morning,

Well, so much for the summer doldrums.

The dust continues to settle from Monday’s major federal cabinet shuffle, with politicos breathlessly debating the merits of the moves and ruminating on how those involved will adjust to their new roles.

Ginette Petitpas Taylor is perhaps the biggest surprise in yesterday’s high-stakes game of musical chairs. The New Brunswick MP clearly received the biggest promotion by being appointed from the backbench to health minister. She’s facing a steep to-do list, including helping to advance government legislation legalizing recreational marijuana use.

Ms. Petitpas Taylor is replacing Jane Philpott as health minister. Ms. Philpott was appointed to the newly created role of minister of Indigenous services, one of two positions created from the old Indigenous and northern affairs portfolio. Carolyn Bennett, most recently serving as the minister of Indigenous and northern affairs, has had her mandate narrowed, and is now minister of Crown-Indigenous relations and northern affairs.

In the other moves, Carla Qualtrough is the new minister of public services and procurement, Kent Hehr has been handed the sport and persons with disabilities file, while Seamus O’Regan is now minister of veterans affairs and associate minister of national defence.

Turning to today, Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Andrew Leslie, parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs for Canada-U.S. relations, will be joining Atlantic Canadian premiers and American governors in Charlottetown for an annual summit.

The 41st Annual Conference of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers wraps up on Tuesday with appearances by Mr. MacAulay and Mr. Leslie at the Rodd Royalty Hotel at 4 p.m. Atlantic time.

Mr. Leslie will be preoccupied for a part of the morning elsewhere in the city. He’s scheduled to deliver opening remarks at the 2017 Palmer Conference on U.S.-Canada relations at the University of Prince Edward Island. P.E.I. Liberal MP Wayne Easter is scheduled to participate in a panel discussion on trade and commerce at the conference later in the day. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is among the other politicos scheduled to speak at the conference. NAFTA renegotiations are set to resume on Sept. 1 in Mexico City.

Meanwhile, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will spend the night in Kelowna, B.C. where he’ll speak to volunteers and supporters at the city’s Mission Creek Regional Park. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. local time.

And fresh from the cabinet shuffle, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is meeting today with the visiting King Abdullah II of Jordan at 2 p.m., following the king’s luncheon with the governor general. It’s the last day of the monarch’s state visit to Canada. The PM and king will have a joint media availability in the House of Commons foyer in Centre Block at 3 p.m.

Have a great day! 

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