New faces in key northern positions selected for Justin Trudeau’s cabinet

Marc Miller, left, Liberal MP for Ville-Marie-Le Sud-Ouest-Ile-des-Soeurs, was selected Wednesday as the new minister of Indigenous services. Here he looks on during a Liberal Party fundraising event in Montreal on Monday, June 17, 2019. (Peter McCabe/The Canadian Press)
In a ceremony Wednesday at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Primer Minister Justin Trudeau named his new cabinet.

Northwest Territories Liberal MP Michael McLeod and Yukon Liberal MP Larry Bagnell did not receive a cabinet post, but northerners will see new faces in some key portfolios affecting their regions.

Carolyn Bennett retains her status as minister of Crown-Indigenous relations.

Marc Miller was sworn in as Indigenous services minister. Miller is a Quebec Liberal MP representing the Montreal riding of Ville-Marie-Le Sud-Ouest-Ile-des-Soeurs. He has experience in Indigenous affairs: Miller was named parliamentary Secretary to the minister of Crown-Indigenous relations in August 2018.

Miller has made headlines for speeches he delivered in Kanien’kéha (Mohawk), most recently on the Indigenous Languages Act.

Dan Vandal, MP for the Winnipeg riding of Saint Boniface-Saint Vital, was named minister of northern affairs. He was first elected to Parliament in 2015. Vandal, who is Métis, was named parliamentary secretary to the minister of Indigenous services in 2018.

Dan Vandal is sworn in as Canada’s minister of northern affairs in Rideau Hall, Ottawa. (CBC)

Former environment minister MP Catherine McKenna was named minister of infrastructure and communities.

Jonathan Wilkinson, former minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard was named minister of environment and climate change. Wilkinson will be responsible for developing Canada’s climate change strategy.

Mélanie Joly, former minister of of tourism, official languages, and francophonie was named minister of economic development and official languages.

The photo caption incorrectly stated that Marc Miller was named minister of Crown-Indigenous relations. He was in fact named minister of Indigenous services, as stated in the story. This photo caption has been corrected.
Related stories from around the North:

Canada: An open door to reconciliation: inside Ottawa’s new Indigenous Peoples building, CBC News

Finland: Finnish gov agrees to formation of Sámi Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Yle News

Norway: Political earthquake shakes up Northern Norway, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Russia shuts down Arctic Indigenous rights group, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: What the budget says about Sweden’s minority government, Radio Sweden

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