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Federal Cabinet Shuffle Brings Changes to Transit Portfolio

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet on July 18, 2018. In this shuffle, François-Philippe Champagne was appointed as the new Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. Amarjeet Sohi, a champion of transit who had held the title of Minister of Infrastructure and Communities since 2015, will become the new Minister of Natural Resources.

On behalf of our members, CUTA extends its sincere thanks to Minister Sohi for all the hard work he has done in promoting and investing in Canadian mobility. As minister, he championed flexible and dedicated federal investment in transit that put municipalities at the centre of the decision-making process. He was also a strong advocate for the social benefits of transit, regularly drawing on his experiences as a new Canadian, a bus driver and a municipal councillor when discussing what transit means for Canadian communities. In his new role as Minister of Natural Resources, Minister Sohi will have a mandate to continue championing low-carbon transportation and positioning public transit as key in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the range of policy initiatives where Natural Resources Canada is the lead department.

CUTA welcomes former Minister of International Trade, François-Philippe Champagne, to his new role as Minister for Infrastructure and Communities. Minister Champagne was key in defending Canada’s interests in ensuring free trade and market access in the United States, including resolutions to the steel and aluminum tariff and ‘Buy America’ provisions that have impacted the business operations of some of CUTA’s members. With Minister Champagne’s arrival at Infrastructure Canada, he will oversee the Investing in Canada plan through the bilateral agreements that are being signed with each province and territory. CUTA looks forward to discussing these issues, as well as the economic benefits of public transit, with the new minister in the coming months.

Remaining in their current ministerial portfolios are Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, and Minister of Transport Marc Garneau. CUTA looks forward to continuing its collaboration with these ministers and their departments to promote sustainable, inclusive and economically vibrant urban communities empowered by transit.

CUTA also welcomes the appointment of Filomena Tassi as Minister of Seniors, a growing demographic of Canadians who greatly rely on accessible transit for their mobility needs.

The CUTA Public Affairs Team will remain engaged with the government to ensure that federal decision makers have the expert advice, world class data and industry insights they need to invest $28 billion in transit through the Investing in Canada plan. For the complete list of ministerial changes, please refer to the following news release from the Canadian government.

For more information please contact Chad Jeudy-Hugo at jeudy-hugo@cutaactu.ca

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