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Liberals hope beefed-up Quebec presence in cabinet will help capture more seats in Trudeau’s home province, win them next election, say pollsters

By Abbas Rana      

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will appoint six parliamentary secretaries to oversee each of the six federal economic development agencies across the country.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Nov. 20, 2019, unveiled the first cabinet of his second mandate last week. He appointed 17 ministers from Ontario, 11 from Quebec, four each from B.C. and Atlantic Canada, and one from the Prairies. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lost five seats in Quebec in the October election, but still handed 11 cabinet posts and control of six federal economic development agencies to Liberal MPs from the province last week, and Liberals are betting on the prime minister’s home province as the path to a third term in power, say two leading pollsters.

Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor of The Hill Times.
- arana@hilltimes.com


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‘I felt silenced’: voices missing from Upper Chamber’s systemic racism debate, say some Senators, highlighting need for hybrid model

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News|By Neil Moss
'At least at this stage, it's better to work the backrooms, work the players that have some influence with the White House, and try to ensure that such a threat doesn't become a reality,' says Canada-U.S. group co-chair.

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Feature|By Palak Mangat
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News|By Abbas Rana
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News|By Abbas Rana
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News|By Mike Lapointe
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News|By Palak Mangat
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