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Trudeau names astronaut foreign minister

Trudeau names astronaut foreign minister

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shuffled his Cabinet. The former astronaut Marc Garneau, 71, was appointed the foreign minister, ABC News has learned.

Justin Trudeau is preparing his Cabinet to the possible changes this spring. ON Tuesday, ex-astronaut Marc Garneau moves from the role as transport minister. Now, he is the top Canadian diplomat who leads the foreign ministry.

His predecessor, François-Philippe Champagne who hold a position of a foreign minister in November 2019, moves to the minister of innovation, science and industry.

In 2019, Trudeau’s Liberal Party won reelection, however, does not have a majority of seats in Parliament. Thus, it must rely on at least one opposition party to remain in power.

The 71-year-old Garneau is an electrical engineer and former Royal Canadian Navy officer. In 1984, he became the first Canadian in space.