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Steven MacKinnon becomes Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

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The MP for Gatineau, Steven MacKinnon (Archive photo)

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Gatineau MP Steven MacKinnon is sworn in Monday as Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.

Mr. MacKinnon replaces Karina Gould during her parental leave, as announced this summer.

As leader of the government in the House of Commons, it is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day activities of the government in the House and managing the government's overall legislative program.

First elected to the House of Commons in 2015, Mr MacKinnon, 57, is currently the government's chief whip. He previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement.

He is acting as Ms. Gould who is preparing to welcome her second child and has previously spoken about the stress of returning to parliamentary life after just a few months' leave when her son was born in 2019.

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Ms. Gould, who represents the riding of Burlington, Ontario, told The Canadian Press she will continue to vote remotely and attend cabinet meetings virtually.

The Ontario MP became House leader during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet shuffle last summer, during which almost every portfolio changed hands. She had previously held several ministerial positions, including Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Minister of International Development and Minister of Democratic Institutions.

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Aged 36, she became the first woman in the Federal Council of Ministers to give birth during her mandate.

With information from Christian Paas-Lang from CBCNews

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