Winnipeg MP Jim Carr is returning as a full cabinet member after stepping aside last year to battle cancer.

Carr, who represents the riding of Winnipeg South Centre, was one of four MPs involved in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's shuffle on Tuesday morning.

Carr stepped down as the minister of international trade diversification following a cancer diagnosis during the 2019 federal election campaign. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, in October 2019.

Trudeau named Carr special representative for the Prairies, and Carr retains that role in cabinet as minister without portfolio.

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman sent his congratulations to Carr on Twitter, saying, "In addition to his return to federal Cabinet Winnipeggers will be pleased to hear of his improved health. Look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with Minister Carr to battle #COVID19 & build Winnipeg - and Canada - for the future."

Fellow Winnipeg MP Dan Vandal also congratulated Carr, calling him "A friend and ally in Cabinet and in life!"


With files from the Canadian Press