The changes come less than two weeks ahead of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump‘s inauguration — bringing with it a major shift in the political landscape.
Chrystia Freeland has been made minister of Foreign Affairs, following her high-profile stint as minister of Trade.
Freeland’s move to Foreign Affairs leaves Stephane Dion without a spot in the cabinet. There is speculation he will be offered a diplomatic post abroad.
“Stephane Dion has served his country in many different roles over the last 21 years with integrity and a fierce love of Canada,” Trudeau said in a 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.”
Ahmed Hussen will take the post of Immigration minister; John McCallum will become the Canadian ambassador to China.
“The Canada-China relationship will be well served by such a strong presence from our government,” Trudeau’s statement read.
Former Status of Women minister Patricia Hajdu has been named the minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, taking over the post of MaryAnn Mihychuk.
Francois-Philippe Champagne has been named the new minister of Trade, and Karina Gould takes over as Democratic Institutions minister.