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Everybody’s shuffling: Singh shakes up his House leadership and party critics

By Neil Moss      

Plus, Kevin Vickers to seek leadership of New Brunswick Liberals, and a U.S. local news station tracks down a vacationing Justin Trudeau on a Florida island.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured Feb. 27, 2019, speaking to his caucus and supporters after his byelection win in Burnaby-South, B.C. Mr. Singh named a new slate of House officers on March 14. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

When NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh takes his front-row seat in the House on Monday, March 18, for the first-time since he was elected in the Burnaby-South, B.C., byelection last month, he will be sitting next to his new NDP House leader Peter Julian, who he shuffled into the post on March 14. Mr. Julian previously served as NDP House leader from 2015 to 2016.

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