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Cabinet orders add to confusion over Canada's multiple multiculturalism ministers

An update of sorts to the curious case of Canada's multiple multiculturalism ministers: 

According to the latest batch of cabinet orders to be posted to the PCO website, freshly minted Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has at his beck and call not one but two ministers of state:


It's worth noting that, unlike the boilerplate text that accompanies most ministerial of state designations -- including, in this case, Uppal -- the order naming Kenney to the post does not include instructions on how his new title is to be styled, and the current rundown of cabinet ministers on the PM's website makes no reference to his additional duties.

That would seem to break with recent tradition -- for instance, before he was shuffled out of his Industry gig, Christian Paradis' official title also included his job as Minister of State for Agriculture.

Perhaps someone realized that it might look odd to list two ministers of state for multiculturalism -- although really, one could argue that it's no less odd than having two ministers of state for multiculturalism in the first place, if that is, in fact, the case. 

As the orders indicate, both Uppal and Kenney report to Alexander, and as no change has yet been made in relation to statutory responsibility for the Canadian Multiculturalism Act, it appears that Alexander is, indeed, ultimately in charge of the program itself, just as (eventually) concluded in my original post, although how, exactly, he intends to divvy up any delegated responsibilities between his two junior ministers remains to be seen.

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