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Cabinet shuffle stalled creation of mining ombudsperson, feds now moving ‘rapidly’ on file: McKay

By Peter Mazereeuw      

‘I don’t think we as a party can go to the electorate in 2019 without something up and functioning,’ says the veteran Liberal MP.

International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne took over responsibility for looking into an ombudsman for the extractive sector, a Liberal campaign promise, after a January cabinet shuffle that moved Chrystia Freeland into the Foreign Affairs portfolio. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia, The Hill Times file photograph

The January cabinet shuffle that swapped Chrystia Freeland out of the trade file and François-Philippe Champagne into it stalled progress towards the creation of an ombudsperson for the mining, oil and gas sector, a campaign promise by the Trudeau government, says Liberal MP John McKay, a longtime advocate for the move.

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