A Quick Look at the First Cabinet Shuffle

On January 10, 2017, it was announced that six federal ministries will undergo leadership changes. Many commentators point to the incoming Trump administration as the key reason behind some of the changes; the idea being that a strong government that can work effectively with the Trump administration needs to be in place.

Chrystia Freeland has replaced Stéphane Dion as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. This shakeup is likely tied to the incoming U.S. administration. Freeland, who will leave her post as Minister of International Trade, brings to her new file a strong resume of writing and speaking on international business and economics and important connections in the key regions of the world. Freeland is viewed (by some) as having the right mix of skills, knowledge and experience to work with the incoming U.S. administration.

Joining Dion in the “who’s out?” category are Maryann Mihychuk (Ministry of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour) and John McCallum (Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship).

In total, six ministries were impacted by the leadership shakeup:
Ministry of International Trade

Minister of Democratic Institutions

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Ministry of Status of Women