Federal cabinet shuffle brings new faces Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled some of his cabinet members today, with changes made to six ministries.

  • Chrystia Freeland, currently Minister of International Trade, becomes Minister of Foreign Affairs, and retains the Canada-U.S. relations file, including trade relations.
  • Maryam Monsef, currently Minister of Democratic Institutions, becomes Minister of Status of Women.
  • Patricia A. Hajdu, currently Minister of Status of Women, becomes Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
  • François-Philippe Champagne, currently Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, becomes Minister of International Trade.
  • Karina Gould, currently Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, becomes Minister of Democratic Institutions.
  • Ahmed D. Hussen becomes Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

In the past 14 months, FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron established a good working relationship with the former Minister of Labour and Employment MaryAnn Mihychuk. Chief Cameron holds and chairs the Assembly of First Nations Education portfolio and the Aboriginal Skills, Education and Training Strategy (ASETS) file. He thanks the former minister for her time and energy on the file.

“We look forward to meeting with the newly appointed Minister of Labour and Employment, Patty Hajdu,” said Chief Cameron. “We have made significant strides at the National level on ASETS. The renewal strategy is priority, a renewal strategy that focusses on working in collaboration to enhance ASETS to increase our Inherent and Treaty right to participation in the economy and workforce while increasing the employability and overall health and wellbeing of our First Nations.”

Minister Hajdu has been invited by Chief Cameron to next month’s ASETS forum in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on February 7 and 8, 2017.

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