Game of musical chairs for three ministers in Ottawa

Jeu de chaises musicales pour trois ministres à Ottawa

OTTAWA — Three cabinet ministers already in place, including the Québec Marie-Claude Bibeau, exchange portfolios in the context of a modest cabinet reshuffle aimed at replacing the post Veterans left vacant by the resignation of Jody Wilson-Raybould.

The minister Bibeau, who was at the helm of the international Development since the arrival of Justin Trudeau, became minister of Agriculture and the agrolimentaire.

It replaces to this position Lawrence MacAulay, who took command of the department of veterans affairs. It will also take on the role of associate minister of national Defence.

And Maryam Monsef, she, takes over in the ranks. The youth minister shall keep a record of the status of women, but in addition, it inherits the portfolio of international Development.

The merger of these two departments is in line with the philosophy of the Trudeau government in the field of international development, which is greatly focused on the promotion of the rights of girls and women to the international.

In the statement released Friday by the government, it is said that the ministers will “advance some of the main priorities of the government of Canada, and help to improve the lives of people across the country” in their new roles.

This is the second time in the space of six short weeks that the prime minister makes a rebrassage of cards.

The one of Friday was caused by the departure of Jody Wilson-Raybould, who had been demoted to the ministry of Justice to the Veterans during the cabinet reshuffle in January.

She resigned in the wake of the case of SNC-Lavalin.

During his testimony damning to the standing committee on justice and human rights, this week, the former attorney general has established a link to his dismissal from this position and his refusal to intervene to help the company avoid a trial.

Prime minister Trudeau has denied this; he said that if the former president of the treasury Board, Scott Brison, had not resigned, there would have been no reshuffle in January last, and that Ms. Wilson-Raybould would still be at the helm of the ministry of Justice.

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