The British Columbia MP was parliamentary secretary for the cabinet role for three years. She replaces Jane Philpott, who resigned over the government’s response to the SNC-Lavalin affair. (The Logic)
Talking point: Murray is a continuity pick, and her experience with the portfolio will be crucial on two of the most important “boring” files in government. The Treasury Board is set to pick a replacement for the beleaguered Phoenix public service pay system this spring, and must handle the backlash caused by the current software; the country’s largest public sector union wants a 3.75 per cent wage hike in ongoing contract negotiations because of its members’ pay problems. Murray will also oversee an overhaul of Canada’s regulatory system—including a key requirement that regulators assess the economic impact of new rules—that the government promised in the Fall Economic Statement in November 2018.