Philpott moving to Treasury Board role in Monday cabinet shuffle: sources
Published Sunday, January 13, 2019 7:08PM EST
Last Updated Sunday, January 13, 2019 11:26PM EST
OTTAWA – Jane Philpott is going to be named the new president of the Treasury Board in Monday morning’s federal cabinet shuffle, sources tell CTV News.
Philpott, an Ontario MP, is currently Indigenous services minister, a role created in 2017 as part of an effort to reset the nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous people.
Prior to that role, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tapped Philpott to be the federal health minister when the Liberals first formed government in 2015. She was a newcomer to federal politics at the time and has since been seen as a strong performer in cabinet.
The spot as Treasury Board President opened up after long-time Nova Scotia MP Scott Brison announced on Thursday that he was stepping down from cabinet because he will not be seeking re-election in 2019.
This move will be announced as part of a cabinet shuffle happening at Rideau Hall on Monday morning.Philpott will take on overseeing the federal public service and intergovernmental spending as part of the Treasury Board file. This position touches on the management of government departments, which she already has some awareness of as the vice-chair of the high-level Treasury Board cabinet committee.
Philpott’s new appointment will likely trigger a domino effect to some degree within cabinet as Trudeau looks to fill her spot while keeping in mind regional representation.
Brison is from Atlantic Canada and given it was a Liberal sweep with the party holding all of the seats, many are anticipating an MP from the area gets promoted in tomorrow’s shake up.
The Indigenous services job under Philpott had her focusing on the delivery of programs to First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, including education, housing, and chipping away at clearing the drinking water advisories in First Nation communities.
Not offering much of an insight into the size or scope of the shakeup, Trudeau did say last week that there would be “some changes,” coming.
Trudeau, alongside Governor General Julie Payette, will oversee the latest changes to the ministerial roster at the swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall at 8:45 a.m. Monday.
With Brison’s resignation, the cabinet currently includes 34 members, including the prime minister.
Pending further unanticipated departures, many see this as likely the last shuffle before the next federal election. This means that the line up announced on Monday will likely be the roster of ministers that Trudeau wants to have in place for the 2019 campaign.
Come the campaign, governments make an effort to have strong representatives like cabinet ministers from every region of the country, and more in areas seen to be key to gaining or maintaining support. Until then, it will be on these ministers to fulfill the outstanding 2015 campaign promises and mandate commitments that Trudeau and the Liberal Party came into power vowing to complete.
Trudeau has rearranged his front bench in some way in every year since coming to power. The last time was in July, when he grew the size of the cabinet with the appointment of five rookie MPs and rearranged others within cabinet to respond to some trouble files.
In appointing his first slate of ministers, Trudeau made a point of installing gender parity, a balance he has sought to maintain throughout following cabinet shuffles.
After making Monday’s adjustments to his ministerial roster, Trudeau and his cabinet will convene in Sherbrooke, Que., from Wednesday to Friday for a cabinet retreat before the House of Commons resumes sitting on Jan. 28.
With files from CTV News' Glen McGregor and Michel Boyer