Cabinet shuffle coming on Monday after Brison quits, Trudeau says - InfoNews

Current Conditions

17.1°C

Cabinet shuffle coming on Monday after Brison quits, Trudeau says

Treasury Board President Scott Brison speaks in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. Brison is quitting a political career he loves to spend more time with a cherished family that politics made possible.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
January 10, 2019 - 11:30 AM

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will shuffle his cabinet Monday to deal with the resignation of Treasury Board President Scott Brison, he said in a news conference Thursday.

Brison announced Thursday morning that he won't seek re-election this fall because he wants to spend more time with his family. He'll said he'll quit the cabinet before then because the government is best served by ministers who are running again.

Trudeau said he respects Brison's decision to leave to spend time with his young twin daughters.

"Obviously this will require some changes to our cabinet, and that's something that we're going to be announcing on Monday," he said to reporters during a tour of a new building at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C.

Trudeau refused to be drawn on whether he plans a small shuffle just to replace Brison or a larger one with multiple ministers changing portfolios.

As president of the Treasury Board (and the minister responsible for digital government), Brison has had responsibilities for minding the public purse and overseeing the federal public service. The portfolio isn't flashy but can cause big headaches for a government if it's mishandled.

"His thoughtfulness, his capacity to understand how best to deliver programming, his ability to understand Canadians through his many, many years of service was extremely valuable around the cabinet table," Trudeau said.

Brison has been the face of the Liberal government in Nova Scotia, where the party won every seat in 2015. But he's also been close to the story of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, who is facing a trial for breach of trust related to allegations he leaked secrets to promote a navy shipbuilding contract. Norman's case is to go to trial late this summer, just as the campaign for the Oct. 21 election is getting underway.

Brison has been accused of pressuring the newly-minted Trudeau government in 2015 to suspend a $700-million plan to build a new supply ship, a move that the RCMP alleges prompted Norman to leak secrets to Quebec's Davie Shipbuilding so it could pressure the Liberals into restarting the project.

Brison has told the House of Commons that he simply did his job as Treasury Board president, the minder of the public purse, to ensure taxpayers were getting good value for the ship contract.

Brison has denied accusations levelled by Norman's lawyers and echoed by opposition MPs that he lobbied on behalf of Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding, which wanted the Liberals to cancel the Davie deal and hire Irving for the supply-ship job instead.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2019
The Canadian Press

  • Popular vernon News
  • Comments
  • Enderby senior wins court battle against TD Bank
    ENDERBY - An Enderby senior has won a legal battle against TD Bank after a judge ruled the multi-national's actions had prevented him from renting out his trailer for $600 a month. Repre
  • iN VIDEO: Ryan Shtuka documentary now available online
    KAMLOOPS —  A documentary that focuses on the search of a missing Alberta man who vanished from a Kamloops area ski resort in February 2018  is now available to watch on YouTube.
  • iN VIDEO: Cyclists wipe out on Highway 97
    PENTICTON - Cyclists had a close call on the highway this morning as the 2019 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan race got underway. The annual competition started at Gyro Park in P
  • Man got feet caught in propeller in Penticton boating accident
    PENTICTON - A man was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries after getting his feet tangled in a boat propeller on Sunday. Penticton Fire Chief Larry Watkinson says members responded to
  • Highway 97 crash east of Falkland leaves one dead
    NORTH OKANAGAN - A man in his sixties has died in a fatal vehicle collison on Highway 97 east of Falkland. According to an E Division Traffic Services RCMP media release, the fatal crash too
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile