Cabinet reshuffle: Three ministers pick up new portfolios- Bibeau becomes first female agriculture minister

The Canadian Politician (Toronto) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday reshuffled his cabinet, the second time in less than two months. The reshuffle prompted by the resignation of former justice and veteran affairs minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, saw three ministers taking on new portfolios. The post left vacant by Wilson-Raybould in her February 12 resignation from the veteran affairs ministry will be filled by the former minister of agriculture and agri-food, Lawrence MacAulay, from Prince Edward Island.

Quebec MP Marie-Claude Bibeau will be the first female agricultural minister as she takes on that post leaving the international development portfolio. Excited about her new post, Bibeau told reporters Rideau Hall about the rural attribute of her riding. She stated , “It’s a huge privilege. I come from a rural riding, a dairy riding, in fact, in the south of Quebec, so I’m very close to the producers in Quebec.” The third minister affected in the shuffle is Maryam Monsef who moved from the Gender Equality portfolio to international development. macAulay will be the fourth minister since 2015 when the Trudeau government was inaugurated.

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