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 that Canadians have 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.
Law on medical aid
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.
She recalled that she had introduced 13 bills during his three years at the head of the ministry of Justice, and that it had appointed 250 judges in the superior Court across the country.
In a statement released a few hours later, it seemed to want to respond to people who wonder why she has not been named at the head of the department of Services to Aboriginal people.
Ms. Wilson-Raybould has said that the changes necessary to achieve a real reconciliation with First Nations have not yet been fully realized, and that they will take a lot of work.
It promises to continue to be the voice of Aboriginal people within the firm.
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
“A sinking boat”
The reshuffle on Monday does not resolve the problems of the government of Justin Trudeau, who is “the captain of a ship that sank under the burden of debt, taxes and the crisis at the border,” according to the conservative mp Pierre Poilievre.
He regrets that the minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, who has deficits, is still in post as ministers Ahmed Hussen Immigration Bill Blair border Security and Ralph Goodale to the public Safety.
“Canadians demanding an end to the crisis at the border, but the three ministers who are responsible remain in place,” he commented.
It also accuses the prime minister to expand the bureaucracy with the creation of a new ministry dedicated to the development of rural areas for a diversion.
A new bureaucracy which may accomplish very little before the election of October, 2019, in the opinion of the new democrat member of parliament Alexandre Boulerice.
“It is as if we created a kind of gizmo at the last minute before the elections to say “hey, regions, rurality, it has not forgotten you, he said. But it is not true that at eight, nine months before elections, it creates a new ministry and that this ministry will be effective.”
The New democratic Party (NDP) would have wished that Mr. Trudeau took advantage of this redesign to make changes that could improve the fight against climate change, against tax havens and resolve the issues raised after the signing of the agreement with Netflix.