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The Latest: Trudeau announces new cabinet after winning second minority mandate

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OTTAWA — The Latest on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's announcement of his new team of cabinet ministers. A major shuffle is expected. All times local:

10:47 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to swear in a new larger cabinet of 39 ministers.

Trudeau has added nine new faces, dropped three and moved most other senior ministers to new posts with only 10 staying put.

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.

He will be replaced by Anita Anand, who led the campaign to procure vaccines during the pandemic as public services and procurement minister. She becomes only the second woman to become defence minister.


10:15 a.m.

Nova Scotia MP Sean Fraser has arrived at Rideau Hall, solidifying speculation that he will be added to the Trudeau cabinet.

Fraser said it was a "great day" and he was looking forward to doing the work ahead.

Other arrivals included the current heritage minister, Steven Guilbeault, who is expected to be moving to the environment and climate change portfolio.

Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos and Health Minister Patty Hadju are among the current serving ministers who have also arrived.


9:55 a.m.

Edmonton Centre MP Randy Boissonnault has arrived at Rideau Hall.

He was considered a shoo-in for cabinet as one of only two Liberals elected in Alberta in the last federal election.

Boissonnault was re-elected in September after being defeated in 2019.

He was first elected in 2015.


9:50 a.m.

A parade of Liberal cabinet hopefuls is arriving at Rideau Hall for today's cabinet announcement.

Cabinet ministers Karina Gould, Mona Fortier, Dominic LeBlanc and Filomena Tassi have arrived.

It will be clear soon whether those ministers will hold their current portfolios or be shuffled.


9:35 a.m.

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland has arrived at Rideau Hall for today’s cabinet announcement.

Trudeau has said that Freeland will be remaining in her current portfolios.

Freeland was accompanied by family members.

She was followed by Montreal MP Pablo Rodriguez, who is currently serving as the government House leader.


9:26 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau have arrived at Rideau Hall.

Trudeau said there is a lot of hard work ahead and that he is excited about today.

Trudeau will soon be announcing his new lineup of cabinet ministers after winning a minority government in the September federal election.

Trudeau will be assembling a team that is intended to deliver on a half dozen priority commitments, including climate change, affordable housing and guiding Canada through the COVID-19 pandemic.


This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 26, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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