Prime Minster Trudeau appoints new Minister of Infrastructure

Ottawa, ON – July 18, 2018 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled a larger cabinet this morning, shuffling eleven existing members of the cabinet into new posts or responsibilities and creating portfolios for five new ministers. The shuffle comes with a focus on international trade, removing barriers to interprovincial trade, and fighting climate change ahead of the October 2019 general election.

Quebec MP François-Philippe Champagne (Saint-Maurice-Champlain), formerly Minister of International Trade, has been appointed Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, responsible for continuing implementation of the Government’s infrastructure investment plan. Mr. Champagne was elected the Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice-Champlain on October 19, 2015. A few weeks later, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, a position he held until January 10, 2017, when he was appointed Minister of International Trade. Prior to his election to Parliament, Mr. Champagne was a businessman, lawyer and international trade specialist with more than 20 years of experience in large international companies, particularly in the field of energy, engineering, and innovation.

Alberta MP Amarjeet Sohi (Edmonton-Mill Woods), formerly Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, has been appointed Minister of Natural Resources and will be responsible for overseeing the Government’s interests in the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline project.

Manitoba MP Jim Carr (Winnipeg South Centre), formerly Minister of Natural Resources, has been appointed Minister of International Trade Diversification. The new emphasis on diversification comes amid trade tensions with United States.

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