The federal government’s decision to shuffle the cabinet ahead of the 2019 election has placed the infrastructure portfolio in new hands.
Amarjeet Sohi, who had served as the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities since the announcement of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau first cabinet on November 4, 2015, has become Minister of Natural Resources. Minister Sohi will support Canada’s resource industries and help them innovate to support long-term economic growth and export to new markets around the world. He will oversee pipeline projects, including the completion of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
Taking Sohi’s place as the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities is François-Philippe Champagne, who had previously served as the Minister of International Trade since January of 2017. Prior to that appointment, Champagne had served as the Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Finance Bill Morneau.
The 48-year-old Champagne is in his first term of office representing the riding of Saint-Maurice-Champlain in Quebec. The riding consists of the city of Shawinigan as well as some of the surrounding communities.
The former Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr, was named the new Minister of International Trade Diversification.