Navdeep Bains remains innovation minister as most senior ministers keep jobs


The new cabinet features 36 members, including Chrystia Freeland as deputy prime minister and minister for intergovernmental affairs. She also retains responsibility for U.S. relations, having spearheaded USMCA negotiations. (The Logic)

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Talking point: Most powerful ministers kept their jobs. Bill Morneau remains finance minister, Harjit Sajjan defence minister and David Lametti justice minister. There are a few notable exceptions beyond Freeland, with former trade minister François-Philippe Champagne moving to Global Affairs. The portfolios that most directly affect the innovation economy are held by cabinet veterans. In addition to Bains and Morneau, Mélanie Joly becomes minister of economic development, taking over responsibility for the regional economic development agencies that had been part of Bains’s ministry. Joyce Murray remains minister of digital government, making Canada one of the few governments with a cabinet-level role devoted to its own technology.