Trudeau shuffles Cabinet, names astronaut overseas minister

Canadian Primary Minister Justin Trudeau has shuffled his Cupboard and manufactured previous astronaut Marc Garneau his overseas minister

TORONTO — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his Cupboard on Tuesday and made the very first Canadian to soar into space his international minister.

Previous astronaut Marc Garneau moves from the job as transportation minister even though François-Philippe Champagne, who grew to become overseas minister in November 2019, moves to minister of innovation, science and market. Omar Alghabra gets transportation minister.

“Be it on earth or in space, Marc has always represented Canada very well,” Trudeau said.

Trudeau’s Liberal Occasion gained reelection in 2019 but does not have a the vast majority of seats in Parliament and need to rely on at least one opposition occasion to continue being in electric power, so it requires to remain positioned for a potential speedy election. Trudeau stated he would favor not to have an election till immediately after most Canadians are vaccinated, creating a spring election not likely.

The 71-calendar year-previous Garneau will also head the Cupboard Committee on Canada-United States Relations. An electrical engineer and former Royal Canadian Navy officer, he grew to become the initially Canadian in area when he flew aboard the U.S. space shuttle in 1984.

Garneau lived in the U.S. for nine many years and two of his small children were being born there.

“No bilateral relation is much more important than that of Canada with the United States and it will go on to be that way. We are inextricably connected whether it be trade, safety or other matters,” Garneau stated.

“We are searching ahead to functioning with the new administration underneath President Joe Biden.”

He experienced been transportation minister given that 2015.

Trudeau, in the meantime, introduced that nonessential journey across the U.S.-Canada land border will keep on being banned right until at minimum Feb. 21. Canada and the U.S. agreed to the ban in March and have renewed it regular monthly ever since.

Trudeau also stated Canada has an settlement with Pfizer to purchase an supplemental 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine. Agreements with Moderna and Pfizer alone imply Canada will now have 80 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines arriving this year, Trudeau stated.

“We are on observe to have each and every Canadian who desires a vaccine receive a person by September,” Trudeau explained.