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Trudeau unveils new cabinet with 9 new faces, major shake ups to top jobs | FULL

CA, 26 Oct 2021
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had his new cabinet sworn-in during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Tuesday.

It's a slightly larger lineup that added nine new faces, dropped three and moved most other senior ministers to new posts.

In one of the biggest moves, Harjit Sajjan, heavily criticized for his handling of sexual misconduct allegations in Canada’s military, is leaving the defence portfolio to take up a new post in international development.

Anita Anand, after leading the campaign to procure COVID-19 vaccines during the pandemic as public services and procurement minister, will take over at national defence, only the second woman to head that post.

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault is taking over environment from Jonathan Wilkinson, who is moving to natural resources.

Three ministers have been dropped from cabinet altogether: Marc Garneau, who has been replaced as foreign affairs minister by Melanie Joly; Bardish Chagger, who had been diversity and inclusion minister, and Jim Carr, who had been serving as Trudeau’s special representative for the Prairies after being diagnosed with cancer.

Among the new faces at the cabinet table are former broadcaster and Toronto MP Marci Ien, Nova Scotia MP Sean Fraser, Edmonton MP Randy Boissonnault and Quebec MP and former union leader Pascale St-Onge.

Once sworn in, any new faces in new places will quickly get a crash course on their portfolios and try to soak up details ahead of Parliament’s return on Nov. 22.

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