OTTAWA –Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cut his special representative for the Prairies from cabinet, signalling the Liberal government will take a different approach to its relationship with the West.
That appeared to get off to a rocky start on Tuesday, with the Alberta premier reacting strongly to another move by Trudeau — naming a former anti-pipeline activist as environment minister.
The result of the 2019 federal election prompted hand-wringing over national unity, as the Liberals were shut out of Alberta and Saskatchewan, where even longtime Regina cabinet minister Ralph Goodale went down to defeat. Those results came after months of pushback from conservative premiers in the Prairies over the Liberal government's energy policies.
That fall, Trudeau named Manitoba MP Jim Carr as his special representative to the region. Chrystia Freeland, who holds a Toronto riding but was born in Alberta, also became intergovernmental affairs minister at that time, tapped …