WINNIPEG - A University of Manitoba political scientist says the Trudeau government has diminished prairie representation in the new federal Cabinet.
Royce Koop says with Jim Carr out and Dan Vandal and Randy Boissonnault with relatively minor portfolios, western provinces have very little representation in prime minister Justin Trudeau's inner circle.
Until this week, Carr, a Winnipeg MP like Vandal, was Trudeau's special representative for the prairies since 2019. Before that, he served as the minister for energy and non-US trade.
Conservative MP James Bezan says cabinet in Ottawa should have a Manitoban in a senior role which has been the practice in the past regardless of which party was in power.