Briefing

Scott Brison resigns from cabinet, is not seeking re-election

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The Treasury Board president and minister of digital government announced today that he is quitting cabinet and will not contest the 2019 election. Brison, the MP for Kings–Hants in Nova Scotia, has served seven terms in the House of Commons. In response, the Prime Minister’s Office said there will be a cabinet shuffle Monday. (CTV)

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Talking point: Under Brison, the Treasury Board—which traditionally writes the administrative, ethical and HR rules for the government itself and controls the spending of money within it—has focused on digitizing and improving service delivery to citizens. The department’s most high-profile task has been finding a replacement for the troubled Phoenix public-service payroll system, an effort spearheaded by Chief Information Officer Alex Benay (one of The Logic’s Ottawa policymakers to watch in 2019). The prime minister may choose to split Brison’s two titles between multiple new cabinet members—as he did with the former small business and tourism portfolio—although few of Canada’s peer countries in the D9, a digital government cooperation group, have independent ministries for the task.