Game of musical chairs in Ottawa, Rodriguez in transport
Pablo Rodriguez, Canada's new Minister of Transport.
Pablo Rodriguez is one of the big winners of the major cabinet reshuffle carried out by Justin Trudeau on Wednesday in Ottawa. The member for Honoré-Mercier, in the east of the island of Montreal, becomes the new Minister of Transport of Canada.
For her part, the member for Hochelaga, Soraya Martinez Ferrada, is one of the seven new faces who are entering the Cabinet. Ms. Martinez Ferrada, first elected in 2019, becomes Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.
It is Pascale St-Onge, previously Minister of Sports, who will replace Pablo Rodriguez at the Department of Canadian Heritage and who will continue the federal government's tug of war with Google and Meta on the delicate file of royalties from the web giants to the Canadian media.
Soraya Martinez Ferrada, new Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. Nicolas Monet/Metro
David Lametti, Minister of Justice and MP for LaSalle–Émard–Verdun, was removed from Cabinet. He will be replaced by Arif Virani, an elected lawyer in the Toronto area.
Marco Mendicino (Public Safety), Omar Alghabra (Transportation), Mona Fortier (President of the Treasury Board), Joyce Murray (Fisheries and Oceans), Carolyn Bennett (Mental Health and Addictions) and Helena Jaczek (Utilities and Procurement) are also losing their limos.
A total of 23 ministers are changing portfolios in the Liberal government. Eight ministers retain their responsibilities, including Mélanie Joly (Foreign Affairs), Steven Guilbeault (Environment and Climate Change), François-Philippe Champagne (Innovation, Science and Industry) and Chrystia Freeland (Finance).
The Council Ministers of Justin Trudeau remains equal, being composed of 19 women and 19 men.
The new Liberal-government Cabinet
Anita Anand – President of the Treasury Board;
Gary Anandasangaree – Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations;
Terry Beech – Minister of Citizen Services;
Marie-Claude Bibeau – Minister of National Revenue;
Bill Blair– Minister of National Defence;
Randy Boissonnault – Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages;
François-Philippe Champagne – Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry;
Jean-Yves Duclos – Minister of Public Services and Procurement;
Sean Fraser– Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities;
Chrystia Freeland – Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister;
Karina Gould – Leader of the Government in the House of Commons;
Steven Guilbeault & #8211; Minister of Environment and Climate Change;
Patty Hajdu – Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario;
Mark Holland – Minister of Health;
Ahmed Hussen – Minister for International Development;
Gudie Hutchings – Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency;
Marci Ien – Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth;
Kamal Khera– Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities;
Mélanie Joly – Minister of Foreign Affairs;
Dominic LeBlanc – Minister of Public Security, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs;
Diane Lebouthillier – Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard;
Lawrence MacAulay– Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food;
Soraya Martinez Ferrada – Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec;
Marc Miller – Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship;
Mary Ng – Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development;
Seamus O’Regan Jr.– Minister of Labor and Seniors;
Ginette Petitpas Taylor – Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence;
Carla Qualtrough – Minister of Sports and Physical Activity;
Pablo Rodriguez – Minister of Transport;
Harjit Sajjan– Minister of Emergency Preparedness, Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada and President of the King's Privy Council for Canada;
Ya'ara Saks – Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health;
Pascale St-Onge – Minister of Canadian Heritage;
Jenna Sudds – Minister of Family, Children and Social Development;
Filomena Tassi – Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario;
Rechie Valdez – Minister of Small Business;
Dan Vandal – Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Canada Economic Development for the Prairies and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency;
Arif Virani – Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada;
Jonathan Wilkinson – Minister of Energy and Natural Resources.