Winners, losers from the federal cabinet shuffle

Justin Trudeau holds a news conference after participating in the NATO Summit in Brussels Belgium

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The name change is an unsubtle signal from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canadian businesses can not rely on smooth access to their traditional markets in the United States, given U.S. President Donald Trump's penchant for imposing tariffs and his threats to rip up the North American free-trade agreement.

The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) welcomes the appointment of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi as Canada's new Minister of Natural Resources, succeeding the Honourable Jim Carr, who will now be Canada's Minister of International Trade Diversification.

Speaking to reporters in Sutherlands River, Nova Scotia, Trudeau said Canada remains strongly opposed to Russia's actions overseas. The Rhodes Scholar served as parliamentary secretary to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. "And I know a little bit about small business - I grew up working in a small's where I spent most of my formative years", she said Wednesday.

The appointment of Dominic Leblanc - an experienced, tough-minded but persuasive MP - as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs is meant to make federal-provincial relations more manageable in the new climate.

Carr was at the Natural Resources helm during the government's recent C$4.5 billion ($3.46 billion) purchase of Kinder Morgan's controversial Trans Mountain expansion, which would almost triple the current system's capacity to 890,000 barrels per day of crude from Alberta's oil sands to the country's west coast.

The number of tankers passing through the waters off the Lower Mainland will increase significantly - to almost one a day - and local environmentalists and First Nations leaders are anxious releasing diluted bitumen into these waters could destroy a traditional way or life and imperil the local economy.

Freeland and Finance Minister Bill Morneau are staying in their positions, as reported by Reuters yesterday.

Tens of thousands have made the trek, which has stretched social services in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa, cities that are housing these people as they await refugee board hearings to determine the veracity of their asylum claims.

Now, Mr. Carr will expand that pitch to an economy-wide effort as he takes on the newly named portfolio of Minister of International Trade Diversification. And he will be responsible for irregular migration.

The mid-summer shakeup will give ministers a couple of months to get up to speed on their new portfolios before they return to Parliament this fall, and the Liberals will hope they can master their responsibilities ahead of the election.

Raitt also said she's concerned about Ottawa's decision to have LeBlanc - whom she described as "extremely partisan" - and Blair deal with the provinces.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. There were Liberal governments in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.

She had been Minister of Canadian Heritage.

In a surprise move, former Toronto police chief Bill Blair was yesterday appointed Minister of Border Security and Organised Crime Reduction.

Rodriguez was first elected in 2004 before losing his seat in the 2011 election.

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