BREAKING: New federal minister overseeing Infrastructure Canada
July 26, 2023 By Rock to Road Staff
OTTAWA, Ont. – Canada’s heavy construction industry will be doing business with new federal cabinet ministers.
In one of the biggest cabinet shuffles of his tenure, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau moved Sean Fraser into the new combined portfolio of Ministry of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities, replacing Dominic LeBlanc as the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
Fraser is the MP for Central Nova and moves into the role as the head of Infrastructure Canada from the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
LeBlanc was moved into the key roles of public safety and democratic institutions, and will remain the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, as well. LeBlanc was sworn in to the new roles using the same Bible his father, Roméo LeBlanc, used to be sworn in as Governor General of Canada in 1995.
Pablo Rodriguez will be the new Minister of Transportation, replacing Omar Alghabra who has confirmed he will be one of four ministers not seeking re-election. Rodriquez was previously the Minister of Heritage.
Other ministers who have confirmed they are leaving federal politics at the end of their term are former Minister of Public Services and Procurement Helena Jaczek, former Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Carolyn Bennett and former Minister of Fisheries Joyce Murray.
New ministers will occupy many portfolios, however Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland will remain in her post.
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