OTTAWA — The cabinet reshuffle Monday in Ottawa should be very minor and include modest changes to fill the vacuum left by the member to the scotian shelf of long-standing, Scott Brison, who announced his departure from the Treasury Board this week.
The prime minister Justin Trudeau would, however, not the intention of only filling the position. The resignation of Mr. Brison leaves two vacant spaces in the cabinet – that of a seat of the Nova Scotia and the president of the Treasury Board – and therefore by domino effect, at least two other ministers are expected to be impacted.
The first, and probably the easiest to fill is that of a representative of the Nova Scotia cabinet. In 2015, the liberals had won all the 11 seats in Nova Scotia, so Mr. Trudeau can choose among nine candidates, since it is necessary to exclude the speaker of the House of commons Geoff Regan. The names of the members Bernadette Jordan and Sean Fraser were mentioned.
No matter who takes the place of Mr. Brison as a representative of the scotian shelf, or the new minister would not be responsible for Treasury Board.
Despite his efforts the most discreet, the head of the governmental activities should have a rich course to be appointed to this position, so the prime minister does not choose a rookie. It is he who holds the purse strings, which oversees how the government is managed, and who decides how the money will be spent. The president of the Treasury Board is also responsible for negotiating the 27 collective agreements with 15 negotiators distinct.
This position is considered of “very high level”. Thus, it will be necessary to choose someone with experience, which will leave another seat vacant.
The key ministers remain
Prime minister Trudeau should not move around his ministers with positions that are critical and which are in the process of completing their mandates, including the minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, and the minister of foreign Affairs, asked by chrystia Freeland. Mr. Trudeau should opt instead for a minister who has already largely completed its mandate.
One of the scenarios corresponding to these criteria would be the reallocation of the public Safety minister, Ralph Goodale, to the Treasury Board. Mr. Goodale was the minister of the most experienced of the Trudeau cabinet and has already been in the cabinet of Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin. It does not remain to him more grand folder to address in his ministry.
To minimize the domino effect, Bill Blair, former chief of Toronto police who was assigned the new post of minister of border Security and the Reduction of organized crime, should go to the public Safety. The or the new coming of the Nova Scotia would be responsible for the current functions of Mr. Blair.
Other names circulating for the position of president of the treasury Board, the minister of the Environment, Catherine McKenna, and the minister of public Services, Carla Qualtrough.
These are of course rumors. Justin Trudeau himself has refused to give any clue about the changes it plans to make.
The ministerial events taking place on Monday however give tracks. As of Friday, the Immigration minister, Ahmed Hussen, the minister of Innovation Navdeep Bains, the minister of Transport Marc Garneau, the minister of social Development Jean-Yves Duclos, the Infrastructure minister François-Philippe Champagne, the minister of veterans affairs Seamus O Reagan, the minister of Tourism Mélanie Joly and the minister of Science and Sport, dr. Kirsty Duncan, were to participate in events outside of the national capital.