Prime Minister Justin Trudeau swore in his new cabinet and made some major moves. In one of his biggest, Harjit Sajjan who was criticized for his handling of sexual misconduct allegations in our military, is leaving the Defence portfolio and moving onto to International Development. Former Procurement Minister, Anita Anand, will become the new minister of National Defence. Heritage Minister Steven Guiibeault is taking over Environment from Jonathan Wilkinson who is moving over to Natural Resources. Three ministers were dropped from the cabinet. Marc Garneau was replaced as Foreign Affairs minister by Melanie Joly. Bardish Chagger who was Diversity and Inclusion minister and Jim Carr who was Trudeau’s special representative for the prairies. The new faces at the cabinet table include former broadcaster Marci Ien, Edmonton MP Randy Boissonnault and Nova Scotia MP Sean Fraser. The new roster adds up to 39 ministers, including Trudeau which are two more than his last cabinet.
Hal is a veteran journalist with 30 years in the industry. He worked as a parliamentary reporter on the Hill interviewing federal leaders and cabinet ministers. Hal also covered the Ottawa terrorist attack in 2014, and has worked as an anchor/reporter in Toronto, Peterborough and Calgary. He worked as a reporter and anchor for business shows airing on BNN, Global and CHCH-TV. During his 10 year radio career he hosted a show called Roberts on the Road on KG Country. Hal was blessed to win a few awards in his career including one as senior producer for a TV show on human trafficking which aired on CTS.