Cabinet shuffle: Freeland to foreign affairs

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January 10, 2017 4:48pmET

Chrystia Freeland replaces Stéphane Dion as foreign affairs minister. Freeland is also responsible for Canada-U.S. relations, including trade, as Donald Trump prepares to take over the presidency.

John McCallum will also leave the federal cabinet, for the ambassador’s job in China. Toronto MP Ahmed Hussen will take McCallum’s job as minister of citizenship, immigration and refugees.

François-Philippe Champagne, formerly the parliamentary secretary for finance, becomes the new international trade minister in place of Freeland.

Watch the full ceremony:

And the subsequent news conference with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet colleagues:

Other changes:

  • Patty Hajdu moves from Status of Women to Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, replacing MaryAnn Mihychuk.
  • Maryam Monsef moves from Democratic Institutions to Status of Women, replaced by Burlington MP Karina Gould.

Dion’s next role was not specified in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s official statement.

“i know I will be able to continue to count on his wisdom and his tireless service, and look forward to the next chapter of Mr. Dion’s contributions to our country,” Trudeau’s statement said.

-Andrew Thomson

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