Trudeau shuffles Cabinet, names astronaut overseas minister

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his Cabinet on Tuesday and manufactured the initially Canadian to soar into house his foreign minister.

Former astronaut Marc Garneau moves from the job as transport minister even though François-Philippe Champagne, who turned international minister in November 2019, moves to minister of innovation, science and market. Omar Alghabra turns into transportation minister.

“Be it on earth or in room, Marc has normally represented Canada perfectly,” Trudeau reported.

Navdeep Bains, who was minister of innovation, science and sector, has made a decision not to operate in the up coming election. Trudeau has mentioned important Cupboard positions really should be held by ministers who intend to be around for the lengthy haul and who can provide the government’s agenda through the up coming election marketing campaign.

Trudeau’s Liberal Party won reelection in 2019 but does not have a the vast majority of seats in Parliament and should depend on at least a single opposition bash to stay in electrical power, so it needs to continue to be positioned for a potential swift election. Trudeau mentioned he would desire not to have an election until finally immediately after most Canadians are vaccinated, generating a spring election not likely.

The 71-yr-old 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 initial Canadian in area when he flew aboard the U.S. area shuttle in 1984.

Garneau lived in the U.S. for nine decades and two of his little ones ended up born there.

“No bilateral relation is more essential than that of Canada with the United States and it will go on to be that way. We are inextricably linked no matter whether it be trade, safety or other issues,” Garneau explained.

“We are hunting forward to working with the new administration beneath President Joe Biden.”

He had been transportation minister considering the fact that 2015.

Trudeau, in the meantime, introduced that nonessential travel across the U.S.-Canada land border will stay banned till at minimum Feb. 21. Canada and the U.S. agreed to the ban in March and have renewed it regular monthly at any time given that.

Trudeau also stated Canada has an agreement with Pfizer to purchase an additional 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine. Agreements with Moderna and Pfizer by itself necessarily mean Canada will now have 80 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines arriving this 12 months, Trudeau said.

“We are on keep track of to have each and every Canadian who desires a vaccine obtain a single by September,” Trudeau mentioned.