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Liberal insiders ‘anticipate’ cabinet shuffle before cabinet retreat in British Columbia late next month

By Abbas Rana, Laura Ryckewaert      

‘If you were going to shuffle prior to a fall 2019 election, summer 2018 is probably a wise time to do it,’ says Greg MacEachern, a senior vice president at Proof Strategies.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured May 31, walking to the National Press Theatre in Ottawa, where they outlined Canada's retaliatory measures against U.S. President Donald Trump. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

With the next federal election 15 months away, strategists say this summer is the last best opportunity for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to get his front bench ready for the “home stretch” and weed out anyone not running again in 2019. Liberal insiders also say they anticipate a shuffle to happen before the summer cabinet retreat in British Columbia late next month.

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