The Hill Update: Prime Minister Trudeau Shuffles His Cabinet While Splitting the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs – August 28, 2017


Cabinet Shuffle Update – August 28, 2017

The most dramatic change in today’s cabinet shuffle is the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs being split into two separate Departments, Crown-Relations and Northern Affairs and Indigenous Services. Carolyn Bennett is the new Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, and Jane Philpott is the Minister of Indigenous Services. Replacing Philpott as Health Minister is Ginette Petitpas Taylor, previously Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance.

Another important change is Seamus O’Regan’s move from backbench MP to Minister of Veterans Affairs. He is perhaps best known to Canadians for his ten years as co-host of CTV’s Canada AM and correspondent for CTV National News and W5. In the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, he was Executive Assistant to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and, later, the Senior Policy Advisor to the Premier.

The final two changes are Kent Hehr’s transfer from Veteran’s Affairs to Sport and Persons with Disabilities and Carla Qualtrough’s move to Public Services and Procurement from her previous appointment as Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.

Qualtrough has extensive experience as a lawyer, and volunteer, championing diversity in a variety of settings. In addition to her work as the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, she has also chaired the Minister’s Council on Employment and Accessibility in British Columbia and was an adjudicator with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal.

Department Minister
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett
Indigenous Services Jane Philpott
Health Canada Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Veterans Affairs, Associate Minister of National Defence Seamus O’Regan
Sport and Persons with Disabilities Kent Hehr
Public Services and Procurement Canada Carla Qualtrough