At best, this is a shuffle necessitated by resignation, but designed to get the government through the short term until an election is potentially held later this spring after the budget.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured top left, Privy Council Clerk Ian Shugart, new Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, new Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau, Governor General Julie Payette, Jim Carr, special representative to the Prairies, and new Transport Minister Omar Alghabra, were on hand for the first virtual swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 12. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Just before starting a four-day virtual cabinet retreat, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet Jan. 12, probably for the last time before a federal election.
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Apologizing for 'tensions' that became public over the last months, Julie Payette said that 'we all experience things differently, but we should always strive to do better, and be attentive to one another’s perceptions.'
He faced potential expulsion last year during the leadership race over comments he made that appeared to question whether chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam, who is of Asian descent, was a pawn of China.
'I hope that intelligence and security officials in Canada learned after what they saw in the U.S. and can make sure something like that does not happen here,' says Ottawa-turned-Washington correspondent Richard Madan.