By Paul Vieira
OTTAWA -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to shuffle his cabinet Tuesday, including the appointment of a new foreign minister, as the country prepares for the incoming Trump administration.
The cabinet shake-up comes over a year after Mr. Trudeau's Liberal Party assumed power, and just days before President-elect Donald Trump is to be sworn in.
Canada's Governor General David Johnston said in a statement he would oversee Tuesday afternoon a swearing-in ceremony of new cabinet ministers.
It is not uncommon for Canadian prime ministers to make changes to cabinet every 18 months or so, political experts say, to promote other lawmakers and remove ministers who run into trouble with their portfolio.Tuesday's shuffle is expected to better position Canada in dealing with Mr. Trump, who has said he would seek changes to the North American Free-Trade Agreement.
Canadian media reports suggest the main change will be at the Foreign Department. Political watchers in Ottawa say current Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion has been one of the disappointing performers in the cabinet.
Representatives for Mr. Trudeau declined to comment. Mr. Dion's office didn't respond to requests for comment.
"When it comes to foreign affairs, there's a recognition they will be dealing with a Trump administration, and they are going to need somebody who is an effective communicator and is gaffe free, and taking Canada's message and interests to Washington," said Fen Osler Hampson, a fellow and director at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario.
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
January 10, 2017 12:36 ET (17:36 GMT)
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