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Amid strained relations with U.S., Ontario, Trudeau debuts bigger cabinet with fresh faces, new posts

By Jolson Lim, Beatrice Paez       

Five MPs were sworn in as new ministers, expanding the front bench to 35 from 30, while 11 existing cabinet members were shuffled to new posts or had their titles and responsibilities altered. No one was dropped.

Newly minted Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, flanked by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Governor General Julie Payette, pose for a photo at a cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall on July 18 as other new ministers watch from behind. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled on Wednesday a larger cabinet, shuffling familiar faces to new posts and creating fresh portfolios, in a bid to emphasize his government’s push to diversify international trade in the face of Washington’s protectionist policies and to brace his party for the 2019 election.

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‘Very close to a point of no return’: urgency of climate crisis top of mind for Canadian delegation heading to UN conference

News|By Mike Lapointe
Climate change played a prominent role in the Speech from the Throne last week, as Governor General Julie Payette says the government's promise to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 is 'ambitious, but necessary.'

‘Competence’ of Scheer in doubt, says ex-Tory Senator Segal, while progressive Conservatives eye the future

The party won’t split, and risk letting Grits win ‘just by showing up,’ say moderate Conservatives. 

Some defeated Conservatives want to back Scheer for their own ‘survival’ as future candidates

News|By Abbas Rana
Andrew Scheer ‘needs to demonstrate very quickly that he can garner the overwhelming backing of the party to move forward, or for the good of the party, he should step down,’ a Conservative MP told The Hill Times.

No exit timeline for NATO training mission strengthening Iraq military, says outgoing commander

News|By Neil Moss
Long-term NATO mission will lead to greater chances of success stabilizing Iraqi security forces, says foreign policy experts.

Veteran Senate staff get walking papers; leaders split over giving extra cash to keep PSG afloat

The leaders of the Senate agreed to give the upstart Canadian Senators Group cash to operate in the coming months, but were divided over floating the Progressive Senate Group after it lost official status. 

Rookie PSPC minister a ‘calculated risk’ as a cabinet pick, say observers

News|By Palak Mangat
Canada's new procurement minister Anita Anand 'ticks a lot of the boxes,' says one political observer of the first Hindu to be appointed into cabinet on a federal level.

In Speech from the Throne, a nod to Western alienation, promise to enshrine Indigenous rights

News|By Beatrice Paez
'The government has heard Canadians’ concerns that the world is increasingly uncertain, and that the economy is changing,' the Throne Speech read. 'And in this context, regional needs and differences really matter.'

Throne Speech steeped in British parliamentary tradition dating back to at least the 16th century

Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
Queen Elizabeth, on her first royal visit to Canada in 1957, delivered John Diefenbaker's first Throne Speech. In 1977, she delivered Pierre Trudeau's Throne Speech as well in Canada.

Liberals’ Anthony Rota elected Speaker of the House

MPs used a ranked-ballot voting system to elect the new House Speaker.
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