Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday made a former astronaut his new international minister in a Cabinet reshuffle, sparked by the sudden resignation of Indian-origin Canadian Sikh Navdeep Bains, the minister of innovation, science and business.
“Earlier in the present day, @NavdeepSBains introduced that he’s stepping down as Minister of Innovation, Science and Business to spend extra time together with his household. To fill the opening created by his announcement, we’re making the next modifications to the Canadian Ministry,” Prime Minister Trudeau introduced on Twitter, giving the small print of the reshuffle.
Bains, who performed a key function in Trudeau’s management bid in 2013, issued a video assertion on Tuesday whereby the 43-year-old minister stated he was retiring from politics to spend extra time together with his household. He’s unlikely to run within the subsequent election.
Bains, who was one of many 4 Sikh cupboard ministers appointed by Trudeau in 2015, additionally served because the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister in 2005. He was an MP between 2004 and 2011. Now, Trudeau’s Cabinet has solely two Sikh ministers.
Former astronaut Marc Garneau was moved from the transport ministry to the international ministry, whereas Francois-Philippe Champagne has changed Bains as minister of innovation, science and business.
“From his work as an astronaut to his time inside authorities, Minister Garneau has all the time been a robust voice for Canada all over the world,” Trudeau stated. “From main Canada’s efforts on the Safer Skies Initiative to his work on the Canada-US Relations Cabinet Committee, Marc will convey a substantial amount of expertise to his new portfolio.”
The 71-year-old minister turned the primary Canadian in house when he flew aboard the US house shuttle in 1984.
“Garneau will convey expertise acquired throughout his shut work with worldwide companions on the investigation into the Ukraine Worldwide Airways Flight 752 tragedy and as chair of the Cabinet Committee on Canada-United States Relations to his new portfolio, and can proceed to be a pacesetter on the world stage,” the prime minister stated.
Parliamentary Secretary Omar Alghabra was appointed because the transport minister.
“With an engineering background and a historical past of advocating for public transit within the GTA, I do know Omar will do an impressive job on this new function,” he stated.
Trudeau final shuffled his Cabinet in August after then finance minister Invoice Morneau stepped down from his place.