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Cabinet Shuffle #2 - Let All The Games Begin Heading To Election 2019

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For the second time since the start of the Trudeau government, the Federal Cabinet has been shuffled. Canadians can expect this being the team that will lead the LPC into the next election. There are no such things as surprises at this level anymore, by design. After all, message control is as much a part of governing as actual execution and delivery in this day and age.

Cabinet grows by five to 35 members but maintains gender parity. Message #1.

Eleven Ministers were moved to new portfolios and/or had their duties altered, but nobody was dropped. Message #2.

Some new buzzwords and some old ones reused. Border Security. Organized Crime. Trade Diversification. Seniors. Interprovincial Trade. Message #3.

British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario MPs get the majority of new exposure, all regions that need shoring up before next year's vote. Yet Atlantic Canada, a clean sweep in 2015, loses clout. Message #4.

Despite the purposeful release of Ministerial Letters in short order previously, don't expect it this time, especially if that P word gets used as many are predicting. There is a definite possibility that Parliament will be prorogued before returning in the fall. This would accomplish clearing the Order Papers of languishing bills that may suddenly seem not so important to a Government nearing the next election and allow for the initial reveal of the LPC campaign via a new Speech from the Throne. Sunny ways priorities, after all.

The View Up Here will examine all the players, their roles and the possible effects on a Government's primary goal. Getting re-elected.