Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday unveiled major changes to the federal cabinet that saw Chrystia Freeland promoted to deputy prime minister and new posts created to promote diversity and the middle class — with roughly one-quarter of posts going to Quebeckers and almost half to Ontarians.

The new 36-member cabinet has two more positions than before and sees many familiar faces remaining around the table but in new positions, while several new members have been brought up to bat.

Most notable is the shift of Freeland from foreign affairs to the post of deputy prime minister and minister for intergovernmental affairs, a position that sets her up to take a key leadership role in what have increasingly been contentious relations with provinces dominated by Conservative premiers.

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