The Hon. David Lametti named Canada's new justice minister

  • January 14, 2019

From CBA National Magazine

David Lametti has been sworn in as Canada’s new Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, replacing Jody Wilson-Raybould.  The Montreal MP for LaSalle-Emard-Verdun steps into his new role as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was prompted to shuffle his cabinet following last week’s announced departure of former Treasury Board president Scott Brison.

“On behalf of CBA members, I congratulate the new Minister on his appointment. We look forward to meeting him in the coming weeks to discuss issues of mutual interest on which we can work together,” said CBA President Ray Adlington. He also wishes former minister Wilson-Raybould well as she takes up her new duties as Minister of Veteran Affairs. He acknowledged her efforts at handling many challenging justice files — from the legalization of cannabis to medical assistance in dying and criminal law reform. “Minister Wilson-Raybould also deserves recognition for all her success in diversifying the Canadian judiciary through her appointments.”

Lametti, previously a well-regarded parliamentary secretary to Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, was a law professor at McGill before he entered politics. He taught civil and common law property, intellectual property, property theory, and ethics, and co-founded the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy.  He won his riding's seat in Parliament in the 2015 federal election.

From the National Post

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau added two new faces to his cabinet Monday morning, tapping Montreal MP David Lametti as Canada’s new justice minister and Nova Scotia’s Bernadette Jordan as minister of rural economic development — a new position on the front bench.

Speaking outside Rideau Hall, Trudeau said he needed to make some changes to his cabinet to deal with the sudden departure of Nova Scotia MP Scott Brison, who was president of the Treasury Board.

Brison announced late last week that he would step down from the cabinet and not run again in the next election.

Vancouver’s Jody Wilson-Raybould is moving from Justice to Veterans Affairs, generally considered a more minor portfolio. Trudeau said veterans issues require the same deft touch Wilson-Raybould brought to the justice portfolio.

Trudeau said not to think that serving veterans is anything other than a great responsibility.

For her part, Wilson-Raybould said she doesn’t see the move as a demotion. She said she is proud to be veterans-affairs minister, calling it an extremely important role.

Jane Philpott is moving from Indigenous Services to Treasury Board, Brison’s former portfolio and a key economic position at the cabinet table. She’ll oversee much of the machinery of government spending, including managing the federal public service and its unions.

Trudeau said Philpott is a natural choice for the position because she had been involved in a related cabinet committee, meaning she is already well-versed in the file.

Seamus O’Regan, meanwhile, is moving from Veterans Affairs to Indigenous Services.

Both of those ministries are areas where the government provides direct services that have to be done right, Trudeau said.

Jordan becomes the first Nova Scotia woman to sit in cabinet.

The Prime Minister’s Office said in a release that she will be tasked with creating a rural-development strategy, including bringing high-speed internet to rural communities and help in rural infrastructure development.

Those matters are currently overseen by two other cabinet positions — the ministers of innovation and of infrastructure — and it’s not immediately clear where Jordan will be situated within the bureaucratic structure.

On Twitter, Conservative MP Erin O’Toole said Philpott and Lametti “are solid performers and well regarded,” but called the remainder of Trudeau’s move “quite a head-scratcher.” He said Indigenous Peoples and veterans “will be concerned.”

The Conservatives were to provide an official response later Monday.

Read the announcement from the Prime Minister's office