Po­lit­i­cal Ot­tawa abuzz with spec­u­la­tion about Mon­day cab­i­net shuf­fle

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - Canada & World -

OT­TAWA — Po­lit­i­cal Ot­tawa was abuzz with spec­u­la­tion Sun­day about how Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau will re­shape his cab­i­net Mon­day after the un­ex­pected res­ig­na­tion of long­time Lib­eral MP Scott Bri­son from his post as Trea­sury Board pres­i­dent.

The cab­i­net shuf­fle is ex­pected to be small, with as few ad­just­ments as pos­si­ble to fill the void of Bri­son’s de­par­ture.

But given the in­ter­nal im­por­tance of Trea­sury Board when it comes to gov­ern­ment spend­ing, the shuf­fle is ex­pected to in­clude at least one big name.

Bri­son’s de­par­ture also leaves Trudeau’s cab­i­net with­out any rep­re­sen­ta­tion from Nova Sco­tia — a hole ex­pected to be filled on Mon­day as part of the shuf­fle.

The Lib­er­als hold all 11 seats in the At­lantic prov­ince, but se­nior sources have pointed to first­term mem­bers of Par­lia­ment Sean Fraser and Bernadette Jor­dan as likely can­di­dates.

A min­i­mal shuf­fle will al­low min­is­ters to fo­cus on com­plet­ing tasks within their man­date let­ters with the aim of help­ing the Trudeau gov­ern­ment steer as smoothly as pos­si­ble into the fall elec­tion.

ADRIAN WYLD THE CANA­DIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO

Scott Bri­son an­nounced that he was step­ping down as Trea­sury Board Pres­i­dent Thurs­day.

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