Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday made a former astronaut his new overseas minister in a Cupboard reshuffle, sparked by the sudden resignation of Indian-origin Canadian Sikh Navdeep Bains, the minister of innovation, science and business.
“Earlier at present, @NavdeepSBains introduced that he’s stepping down as Minister of Innovation, Science and Trade to spend extra time together with his household. To fill the opening created by his announcement, we’re making the next adjustments to the Canadian Ministry,” Prime Minister Trudeau introduced on Twitter, giving the main points of the reshuffle.
Bains, who performed a key position 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 Cupboard has solely two Sikh ministers.
Former astronaut Marc Garneau was moved from the transport ministry to the overseas 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 powerful voice for Canada world wide,” Trudeau stated. “From main Canada’s efforts on the Safer Skies Initiative to his work on the Canada-US Relations Cupboard Committee, Marc will carry an excessive amount of expertise to his new portfolio.”
The 71-year-old minister grew to become the primary Canadian in house when he flew aboard the US house shuttle in 1984.
“Garneau will carry 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 Cupboard 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 position,” he stated.
Trudeau final shuffled his Cupboard in August after then finance minister Invoice Morneau stepped down from his place.