Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will unveil his new post-election cabinet on October 25, several government sources told TUSEN News.
Trudeau is expected to add several new faces – while some veteran ministers may leave cabinet altogether.
The date of the reshuffle will be officially announced on Friday. The government could announce a date for the return of Parliament at the same time.
The timing places the cabinet swearing-in ceremony between Governor General Mary May Simon’s return from her maiden international trip and Trudeau’s departure for two international summits in Italy and Scotland.
Trudeau’s commitment to a gender-balanced cabinet, coupled with his need for new ministers from Nova Scotia and Alberta, will likely require significant changes at the government’s first bank.
The biggest change could come from the Ministry of Defense. Many high-ranking liberals suggest that Harjit Sajjan will be transferred to a new portfolio.
Government insiders say it’s clear new leadership is needed to address issues of sexual misconduct in the military, and suggest it may be time for a woman to take control of the ministry. National Defense.
The names mentioned most often as possible defense replacements for Sajjan are Procurement Minister Anita Anand and Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough.
Sources say they expect Trudeau to draw on his most experienced people as he builds the new cabinet. After the 2019 election, only two new MPs – Anand and Steven Guilbeault – were promoted directly to cabinet.
The rookie MPs most often mentioned as cabinet candidates this time around are Pascal St. Onge – who won Brome-Missisquoi in the Eastern Townships in Quebec – and George Chahal in Calgary-Skyview.
Chahal’s firing at a cabinet post could pose a problem, now that he is under investigation by the Office of the Commissioner of Canada Elections for allegedly tampering with his opponent’s election brochures.
He also faces competition for the Alberta seat in the cabinet of MP Randy Boissonnault of Edmonton Center.
But sources say Trudeau will be looking for experienced people as he again faces the uncertainty of leading a minority government.
This opens the door for Ontario MPs like Yasir Naqvi, Helena Jaczek and Marie-France Lalonde, who have all held provincial ministerial positions. Lena Metlege Diab of Halifax West is another new MP with experience in a provincial cabinet.
Government insiders also point out that Central Nova MP Sean Fraser is a high performing MP worthy of promotion. And with the retirement of Navdeep Bains, there is an opening for a minister from the region of Peel in Ontario; Sources say Brampton MPs Ruby Sahota and Kamal Khera could be replacements.
It is not yet clear whether there will be a broader rebuilding of cabinet portfolios or new departments. One idea under consideration is the creation of a Housing Department to help the Liberals keep housing promises in their campaign platform.