Update: The Prime Minister has shaken up his cabinet with the new arrangement billed as being an ending to the ‘colonial’ approach to Indigenous Peoples.
Trudeau split Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada into two departments with Jane Philpott taking over the Indigenous portfolio.
Carolyn Bennett will stay on the portfolio concentrating on Crown issues and nation building with Indigenous Peoples.
Philpott’s move opens up the health portfolio in which rookie backbencher, New Brunswick’s Ginette Pettipas Taylor will be taking over.
Other moves in the cabinet include:
Former television host Seamus O’Regan to the Veterans Affairs post (replacing Kent Hehr)
Kent Hehr moves on to be the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities (replacing Carla Qualtrough)
Carla Quatrough will replace exiting Judy Foote in Public Services
Aug 28: 11:30 a.m.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to shuffle his cabinet today in a move that will promote Seamus O’Regan from the back benches to become Minister of Veterans Affairs. This move comes in response to Judy Foote’s announcement last week that she’s resigning her seat in the House of Commons for family health reasons.
O’Regan’s elevation to the cabinet will ensure a continued seat at the table for Newfoundland and Labrador, since Foote also represents the province.
This shuffle will bump Kent Hehr from the Minister of Veterans Affairs and it’s expected he’s to take over the Sport and Persons With Disabilities portfolio which will again trigger yet another appointment.
Trudeau is officially making these changes to the cabinet during the lunch hour today.
Governor General David Johnston will be presiding over the swearing-in ceremony.