Morneau Staying Put Amid Cabinet Shuffle

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said on Wednesday he would be staying in his job, revealing a key element of a cabinet shuffle due to be announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later in the day.

"I look forward to continuing in the role," he told reporters. Trudeau, whose Liberals retained power in an election last month, revealed his choices Wednesday afternoon.

Trudeau moved Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland into a new job where she will be asked to help tackle a looming national unity crisis.

She will deal with the western oil-producing provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, where anger is growing over tough environmental protection laws that critics say could cripple the energy industry.

Trudeau’s Liberals lost their majority in an October election and now have no legislators in either province. Polls show separatist sentiment is growing, especially in Alberta.