OTTAWA – An mp in montreal is the big winner of the reshuffle made Monday morning by Justin Trudeau.
David Lametti became minister of Justice and attorney general of Canada.
“I was a little upset, but very happy, very proud,” said the new minister after being sworn in at Rideau Hall.
The elect of LaSalle-Émard-Verdun had held up to now two posts of parliamentary secretary.
“This is an example (…) of the depth in the team Canadians elected in 2015”, boasted the prime minister, speaking about his new recruit to the firm.
“David Lametti has an intelligence legal well demonstrated in a career (…) lawyer and academic. This is someone who has always been very present in legal circles in Quebec and in Canada. And we are very pleased to be able to entrust him with this task”, he answered to the journalists upon his release from Rideau Hall.
The new minister will have at least one hot issue on the table: the law on medical assistance to die is being challenged in a quebec court.
“We will continue to look at the implementation of the act. Of course, I will follow the case before the courts. I’m just going to talk with my counterparts and we’ll see”, he said, careful.
Mr. Lametti replaces the department of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould, who is demoted to the department of Veterans affairs.
The prime minister maintains that this is not a setback for the minister of British Columbia, on the contrary.
“I caution anyone who believes that to serve our veterans, ( … ) is not an important responsibility and extraordinary,” thundered the prime minister.
A few minutes later, the same micro, the minister Wilson-Raybould took up the same argument. “I do not believe that anyone serving the veterans of our country should be frowned upon”, she said.
A few other changes
The minister of Aboriginal Services, Jane Philpott, becomes president of the Treasury Board and minister of e-Government.
The minister of Veterans affairs, Seamus O’regan, takes the place of Ms. Philpott to the ministry of Aboriginal Services.
This game of musical chairs has been caused by the resignation last Thursday of Scott Brison who was the president of the Treasury Board.
Thus, it was necessary also that the prime minister is an elected representative of Nova Scotia to complete his cabinet. He chose Bernadette Jordan, to whom he confides a new ministry, the ministry of rural economic Development.
The document that describes the responsibilities of this new department states that Ms. Jordan should take measures to ensure that a greater number of homes and businesses in rural areas have access to high speed internet.
“There was definitely a need for the creation of this ministry,” said the new minister upon his release from Rideau Hall. Ms. Jordan ensures that it will not be manipulated to ensure the election of liberal candidates in rural areas by next October. “My role is to develop an economic strategy for rural, to make sure that rural Canada is well-represented,” stressed the minister.
Mr. Trudeau had brought great changes to his council of ministers last August. His cabinet should remain as is until the elections of next fall. The departure of the unexpected from Mr. Brison has changed the situation.
The minister Jane Philpott arrives Monday morning at Rideau Hall, the venue of the ceremony of the cabinet reshuffle caused by the resignation, last Thursday, Scott Brison, president of the Treasury Board.
The canadian Press, Adrian Wyld