Trudeau unveils new cabinet; Manitoba MP to be special rep for West

Trudeau unveils new cabinet; Manitoba MP to be special rep for West

Trudeau did not name a deputy prime minister after taking power in 2015.

Last time around, new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau-an admitted "good hugger"-snuggled the longest at the 2015 swearing-in ceremony with Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan for a whopping 12 seconds".

The Liberals were shut out of Canada's energy heartland, Alberta and Saskatchewan, where there is growing talk of separation.

Freeland will also become intergovernmental affairs minister, essentially making her the point woman in dealing with increasingly hostile premiers in Alberta and Saskatchewan and quelling a growing sense of western alienation. Only 17 of those came west of Ontario, with none in Alberta or Saskatchewan. Adoring crowds thronged the grounds of Rideau Hall, cheering as the new Liberal prime minister and his gender-equal team of fresh-faced ministers paraded triumphantly up the curving drive to the governor general's residence, serenaded by bagpipes.

Public broadcaster Radio-Canada said on Tuesday that Freeland would be replaced by Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.

Jonathan Wilkinson, now fisheries minister, will move to Environment, according to sources.

Several key ministers will reportedly remain in their current posts - Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Justice Minister David Lametti - while Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc and International Trade Minister Jim Carr, both of whom are undergoing cancer treatments, are likely to remain in cabinet, albeit possibly in less demanding roles.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said that while Trudeau made some changes, the presence of new faces around the cabinet table does not give him confidence in his government.

Seamus O'Regan was moved from Indigenous Services to take on Natural Resources, a crucial file as the government attempts to square the circle of tackling climate change while simultaneously expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline to carry Alberta crude to the B.C. coast for export overseas.

Trudeau's Liberals lost their majority in an October election and now have no legislators in either province.

Trudeau's new lineup also includes outreach to Quebec, in response to a resurgence of the separatist Bloc Quebecois in the election.

Still, even if Trudeau is working hard to not play favourites, viewers saw some of the 36 ministers score extra snuggles while others hardly got a pat on the arm.

The tough environmental laws that have angered the provinces were authored by Catherine McKenna, who moves from environment to the less visible position of infrastructure minister.

Premier Jason Kenney is urging federal cabinet ministers with portfolios of interest to Alberta to listen to the province's concerns and to take them seriously.



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