Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formalized his small cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday morning, which puts Minister Marc Garneau in charge of Foreign Affairs and François-Philippe Champagne, of Canada’s Ministry of Innovation.
This game of chairs takes place as the odors of a possible federal election persist. The Liberals, however, explain this reshuffle by the departure of Navdeep Bains, who was Minister of Innovation.
The latter, who had held this post since 2015, announced in a video posted on social networks that he had decided not to stand for re-election in the next election.
“Now is the time for me to make my family the priority and I’m totally happy about that,” he said.
Given Minister Garneau’s new responsibilities, Toronto MP Omar Alghabra will succeed him at Transport. He was until now Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister.
This small cabinet reshuffle comes a few hours before the start of a cabinet retreat. Discussions, in virtual mode, are due to begin on Tuesday and continue on January 14, 18 and 21.