November 20th, 2019
Trudeau shuffles cabinet, changes little
More than new ministers, Liberals need to change who they're working for: Singh
OTTAWA – Today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh responded to the Prime Minister's new cabinet by reminding him that no matter who is assigned to a particular file, the real change needed is for the Liberal government to start working for Canadians.
"I'm not particularly concerned with whoever gets whichever cabinet post," said Singh. "What matters is that they stop working to make life easier for the ultra-rich and big corporations and start working with our team to make life better for families."
In the last Parliament, issues like the SNC-Lavalin scandal made it clear that the Liberal government was controlled from inside the Prime Minister's Office and not by individual ministers. Since Trudeau and his office make the decisions, Singh says the person appointed to a particular ministry is less important than the priorities they dictate.
"What this government needs more than new ministers is a new commitment to working with us to deliver for Canadians," said Singh. "When they're ready to work to protect and create jobs, make life more affordable, invest in the services people need, and ensure real steps are taken to fight the climate crisis – New Democrats will work with the Prime Minister and his new cabinet."