By: Surjit Singh Flora
A Mississauga MP has picked up a key seat in a federal cabinet shuffle.
Mississauga-Malton MP Navdeep Bains will become the new Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, while a key role for the new cabinet will go to Chrystia Freeland, who steps up from her previous role as Minister of Global Affairs to act as the new Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and deputy Prime Minister role.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled his new and improved cabinet Wednesday afternoon, which aims to balance key priorities such as middle-class prosperity and climate change while addressing tensions created during last month’s federal election.
“(I’m) honoured to be named Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry in Prime Minister Trudeau’s new cabinet. Congrats and welcome to my new Cabinet colleagues,” Bains said in an online post late Wednesday afternoon, one of several made by newly-minted MPs. “I look forward to building on our progress, delivering on our commitments, and creating opportunities for all Canadians.” Bains previously served as the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development from 2015 through this year.
Notably, Freeland’s new duties mark the first time Trudeau has named a deputy Prime Minister.
Freeland has been tapped to deal with Conservative premiers throughout the country, previously faced down mercurial U.S. President Donald Trump during renegotiation efforts for the North American Free Trade Agreement. Freeland will also face off against premiers who have been critical of carbon-tax initiatives and the Keystone XL pipeline project.
Freeland now has the authority to act in his stead during ceremonial functions and other policy roles.
In a statement Wednesday, Trudeau said that Canadians chose to “continue moving forward”, a slogan that was emphasized repeatedly in his campaign appearances.
“From coast to coast to coast, people chose to invest in their families and communities, create good middle class jobs, and fight climate change while keeping our economy strong and growing,” Trudeau said. “Canadians sent the message that they want us to work together to make progress on the issues that matter most, from making their lives more affordable and strengthening the healthcare system, to protecting the environment, keeping our communities safe, and moving forward on reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. People expect Parliamentarians to work together to deliver these results, and that’s exactly what this team will do.
Trudeau also announced the rest of his newly formed cabinet during a swearing-in ceremony, which include:
Jim Carr will also serve as a special representative for the Prairies, Trudeau announced during the ceremony. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Carr’s role will be to give residents in Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan a voice in Parliament.
“We introduce the strong, diverse, and experienced team that will work together to tackle the big issues that matter to people from coast to coast to coast,” Trudeau said. “Whether it’s making life more affordable for the middle class, taking action on climate change, or keeping our communities safe we will continue working tirelessly for all Canadians.”
Brampton has 5 liberal MP and 4 of them are second timers. It is shaming that Brampton is ignored or they are not capable, educated, or any good for any ministry, while first timer from Oakville Anita Anand becomes Minister of Public Services and Procurement so that raised many questions , Do Brampton MP’s are not good enough for key positions within the new cabinet at least one position. I guess, not maybe because of Punjabi at this time.
Five seats, if they all lost Trudeau will only have 152 seats today.