Navdeep Bains cites wanting to spend more time with family ahead of cabinet shuffle

Liberal MP Navdeep Bains says he won’t run in the next election and is leaving his spot at the cabinet table to spend more time with family.

“I have lived the Canadian dream; I am the son of a cabinet maker who had the opportunity to serve as a cabinet minister,” the innovation minister said in a statement posted Tuesday morning.

“But it’s time for me to focus on the most important job I have in life — being a Dad.”

His decision has triggered a cabinet shuffle, planned for Tuesday morning, involving a handful of ministers, CBC News has learned.

Sources with knowledge of the shuffle, who spoke to CBC News on condition of confidentiality, said Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne will replace Bains at Innovation, Science and Industry, and Transport Minister Marc Garneau will move to Foreign Affairs. Omar Alghabra will be promoted to cabinet to take over Transport.

In his statement, Bains said after six elections he decided 2019 would be his last and he is stepping away from cabinet. 

“This last year has been hard on many families. My daughters, who are in Grade 5 and Grade 8, have needed me more in the last year as much as I needed them,” said the MP for the Ontario riding of Mississauga—Malton.

“It’s time for me to put my family first and I couldn’t be happier about it…. I will continue to serve this community; and I know whoever replaces me will have the same dedication, gratitude and humility for this great country.”

The move comes just ahead of a virtual cabinet retreat scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

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