Trudeau shuffles cabinet ahead of fall sitting

Seamus O'Regan, Jane Philpott, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, and Carla Qualtrough all involved in shuffle

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks after meeting with indigenous leaders on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on December 15, 2016. Conservation groups have filed a new court challenge to the federal government's approval of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline. The request for judicial review filed with the Federal Court of Appeal late Monday in Calgary is at least the eighth legal test of the controversial project, which will almost triple the capacity of an existing, 1,150-kilometre pipeline from near Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on December 15, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is making former TV host Seamus O’Regan his new veterans affairs minister, giving Jane Philpott a new Indigenous Services portfolio and assigning cabinet newcomer Ginette Petitpas Taylor the health minister’s job.

Carla Qualtrough becomes the new minister of public works and procurement in today’s modest mid-mandate cabinet shakeup, brought on in part by the resignation of Newfoundland and Labrador MP Judy Foote.

Kent Hehr is leaving Veterans Affairs to take over for Qualtrough in the Sport and Persons with Disabilities portfolio.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett becomes minister of Crown-Indigenous relations and northern affairs, signalling a redoubled effort to forge reconciliation between the government and the Aboriginal community.