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Trudeau Hands Environment Ministry to Ex-Greenpeace Campaigner

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Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, arrive at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Oct. 26.

Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, arrive at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Oct. 26.

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Justin Trudeau unveiled a new cabinet that puts an environmental activist in charge of climate policy, while shuffling other key posts in a bid by the Canadian prime minister to breathe new life into an administration entering its seventh year in power.

Steven Guilbeault, a former Greenpeace director who was arrested for scaling Toronto’s CN Tower during a 2001 protest, was named environment minister Tuesday in Ottawa as the government strives to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40% over the next decade.