The Washington Post
Key posts shuffled in cabinet restructuring
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet on Tuesday and made the first Canadian to soar into space his foreign minister.
Former astronaut Marc Garneau moves from the role as transport minister, while François-philippe Champagne, who became foreign minister in November 2019, becomes minister of innovation, science and industry. Omar Alghabra becomes transport minister.
Navdeep Bains, who was minister of innovation, science and industry, has decided not to run in the next election. Trudeau has said that key cabinet positions should be held by ministers who intend to be around for the long haul and can sell the government’s agenda during the next election campaign.
Trudeau’s Liberal Party won reelection in 2019 but does not have a majority of seats in Parliament and must rely on at least one opposition party to remain in power, so it needs to remain positioned for a potential quick election. Trudeau said he would prefer not to have an election until after most Canadians are vaccinated amid the coronavirus pandemic, making a spring election unlikely.
Trudeau, meanwhile, announced that nonessential travel across the U.s.-canada land border will remain banned until at least Feb. 21.