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Missing mandate letters will hinder new, shuffled ministers, say Ritz, MacKay; no cause for panic, says McLellan

By Peter Mazereeuw      

‘It all seemed to be, ‘cart before the horse, it will make for a good story’,’ former Conservative minister Peter MacKay says of Border Minister Bill Blair’s appointment without a mandate letter.

New Border Security and Organized Crime Minister Bill Blair, pictured third from left, and his cabinet colleagues, François-Philippe Champagne, left, Pablo Rodriguez, and Filomena Tassi, react to his appointment in the cabinet swearing in ceremony on July 18. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may be the first prime minister ever to publicly release mandate letters for cabinet ministers, but his move to shuffle his cabinet on July 18 without giving new letters to his ministers will make it harder for them to do their jobs, say two former Conservative cabinet ministers, however, ex-Liberal minister Anne McLellan says there is no cause for alarm. New Border Security and Organized Crime Minister Bill Blair (Scarborough Southwest, Ont.) in particular

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