Earlier this week, Prime Minister Trudeau announced a cabinet shuffle, adding five new ministers to the table.
MP for Souris-Moose Mountain, Dr. Robert Kitchen, said the shuffle reflects some defeat.
“Initially, the first thought is that it’s a sort of admission of failure on the part of Justin Trudeau, and the fact that he’s had to make these changes to positions, and he’s shuffling around certain positions,” said Kitchen. “As well as he’s adding five new positions, and with those five positions there come five new parliamentary secretaries, so it adds further cost to the administration.”
He expressed criticism about the former Infrastructure Minister, Amarjeet Sohi, being named the new Minister of Natural Resources.
“Our resource sector has never needed a stronger champion, and I don’t believe they’ve got that at this present time,” said Kitchen. “We now have a minister who was the former infrastructure minister and he wasn’t able to get things built. And that makes one question as to why that was done.”
The infrastructure, he said, shows no forward motion.
“The parliamentary budget officer reported that the infrastructure plan does not exist in reality,” he noted. “So, these are things that are a big concern, especially for the western part of Canada, but in particular, for Souris-Moose Mountain and the industry here in my riding.”
A full list of Parliamentary cabinet ministers can be found HERE.