Canada Transport Minister Omar Alghabra Steps Down
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Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said he has decided not to run in Canada’s next election and will be stepping aside from the Cabinet as a result.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to shuffle his front bench as soon as July 26 and ministers who aren’t planning to run in the election, expected in the next two years, are set to resign from their roles.
Alghabra has been transport minister since January 2021, helping to lead the government’s response to COVID-19 at airports as well as a period of chaotic lineups and delays when Canadians resumed traveling regularly.
He said in a brief video statement posted to social media July 25 that he was proud to have worked on reforming Canada’s aviation sector during an “extraordinary time” by enhancing transparency and accountability.
I have news to share: after a lot of reflection, I decided to not run in the next election. As a result I will be stepping aside from cabinet. I was first elected in 2006 and have had the journey of a lifetime. I’m grateful for every minute of it pic.twitter.com/1dNM28YRnN — Omar Alghabra (@OmarAlghabra) July 25, 2023
Trudeau’s looming Cabinet shakeup comes as a pileup of political controversies and the rising cost of living make him vulnerable to attacks by his main opposition rival.
— With assistance from Brian Platt.
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