MacAulay retains ag post in pre-election cabinet shuffle

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled the cabinet that will likely carry the reigning Liberal Party into the 2019 federal election.

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay, who is in Vancouver for the annual federal-provincial ag ministers’ meeting, remains in his post following the shuffle. Rumours ahead of the announced changes were that MacAulay might not be seeking re-election and could be shuffled out of cabinet ahead of the campaign.

Of note for agriculture, James (Jim) Carr moves from Minister of Natural Resources to Minister of International Trade Diversification. François-Philippe Champagne, currently Minister of International Trade, moves to serve as Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

Originally from Winnipeg, Carr co-founded the Business Council of Manitoba in 1998, and has past experience working with the western Canadian grain trade.

Mary Ng becomes Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, a post designed to help “Canadian entrepreneurs and businesses grow, compete, and succeed, here in Canada and abroad,” according to the government. She will also assume responsibility for the Business Development Bank of Canada

As expected, Chrystia Freeland remains as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Bill Morneau remains as Minister of Finance.

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