Foote's Position Secure in Federal Cabinet Shuffle

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shaken up his cabinet less than two weeks before Donald Trump's inauguration as US president.

Among those who could be shuffled is International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, who is believed to be a likely choice to replace Stephane Dion at Foreign Affairs.

Meanwhile, the immigration portfolio goes to first-time MP Ahmed Hussen, an immigration and human rights lawyer who arrived in Canada in 1993 from Somalia.

Hajdu, now Minister of Status of Women, becomes Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

As for the electoral reform file, Maryam Monsef will hand off the file to Burlington, Ont. MP Katrina Gould, another first-time MP, who become Minister of Democratic Institutions.

MP John McCallum is vacating his post as minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to become Canada's ambassador to China, while Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion has said he is leaving politics.

Dion, a former Liberal Leader, had been in charge of Foreign Affairs.

Tuesday's announcement paid special tribute to Dion but would only say Trudeau looks forward to his "wisdom and his tireless service" in "the next chapter of Mr. Dion's contributions to our country".

Freeland, a former economics journalist with extensive contacts in the United States, is credited with deftly navigating through some eleventh-hour obstacles that threatened last fall to scupper the Canada-European Union free trade agreement - potentially valuable experience for dealing with the incoming Trump administration.

Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk is also expected to be moved.

The addition of Champagne would restore the gender balance, assuming Dion remains in cabinet in some capacity.

The shuffle will be the first major change Trudeau has made to the Cabinet he appointed in November 2015.

  • Jon Douglas