Prime Minister is set to shuffle his Cabinet Ministers up, with the changes rumoured to be announced Wednesday of this week. CBC has been told that "competence, regional representation & gender parity will play into the shuffle, although not necessarily in that order.
Why is Trudeau shuffling his Cabinet now? It's common for leaders to do so when an election is on the horizon. Kathleen Wynne did it for her Ontario Cabinet leading up the the election last month, and of the 7 Liberal MPPs in Queen's Park, 6 of them were Ministers in Wynne's outgoing Cabinet. Having the title of a Cabinet Minister going into an election helps MPPs get re-elected, even more so than just having a high margin of victory in previous elections. The shuffle is Trudeau making any changes, for better or for worse, to #TeamTrudeau to be ready for the 2019 general election.
I wonder how much the Liberal Cabinet will change. If gender parity is still a priority, I don't have much optimism. When he put this Cabinet together in 2015, Trudeau was praised for making his Cabinet gender equal. I'm all for that, so long as the people getting the position due to their gender & not at the expense of a qualified, merited candidate. But based on the fact that some of the Canadian Ministries have had a rough course of years (Immigration, Environment, Finance) and the fact that there is a shuffle going, I'd say some very well qualified people got passed over in 2015 for a Cabinet position.