Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday (November 20) unveiled his new Cabinet.
Trudeau said the group is a “strong, diverse, and experienced team that will work together to tackle the big issues that matter to people from coast to coast to coast”.
“Whether it’s making life more affordable for the middle class, taking action on climate change, or keeping our communities safe we will continue working tirelessly for all Canadians,” the Prime Minister said.
Trudeau and his Liberal Party won a minority government in the federal election held last month.
Four Metro Vancouver-area MPs have remained in Cabinet.
Harjit Sajjan, who is the MP for Vancouver South, remains the minister of national defence.
Joyce Murray, who is Vancouver Quadra MP, was president of the treasury board and minister of digital government before the October 2019 election. She is now the minister for digital government.
Former fisheries, oceans, and Coast Guard minister Jonathan Wilkinson, who is the MP for North Vancouver, is now the minister of environment and climate change.
Carla Qualtrough, who is the MP for Delta, is now minister of employment, workforce development and disability inclusion. She was previously in charge of the public service.
A government media release stated that Trudeau announced the Cabinet members following a swearing-in ceremony.
“This team will work to deliver real, positive change for all Canadians,” according to the release.
The other members of the Cabinet are:
Chrystia Freeland becomes Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Anita Anand becomes Minister of Public Services and Procurement
Navdeep Bains becomes Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
Carolyn Bennett remains Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
Marie-Claude Bibeau remains Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Bill Blair becomes Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Bardish Chagger becomes Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth
François-Philippe Champagne becomes Minister of Foreign Affairs
Jean-Yves Duclos becomes President of the Treasury Board
Mona Fortier becomes Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance
Marc Garneau remains Minister of Transport
Karina Gould becomes Minister of International Development
Steven Guilbeault becomes Minister of Canadian Heritage
Patty Hajdu becomes Minister of Health
Ahmed Hussen becomes Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Mélanie Joly becomes Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages
Bernadette Jordan becomes Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
David Lametti remains Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Dominic LeBlanc becomes President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada
Diane Lebouthillier remains Minister of National Revenue
Lawrence MacAulay remains Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
Catherine McKenna becomes Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Marco E. L. Mendicino becomes Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Marc Miller becomes Minister of Indigenous Services
Maryam Monsef becomes Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development
Bill Morneau remains Minister of Finance
Mary Ng becomes Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
Seamus O’Regan becomes Minister of Natural Resources
Pablo Rodriguez becomes Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
Deb Schulte becomes Minister of Seniors
Filomena Tassi becomes Minister of Labour
Dan Vandal becomes Minister of Northern Affairs
Trudeau asked Jim Carr to serve as his special representative for the Prairies. Born and raised in Winnipeg, he will ensure that the people of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba have a strong voice in Ottawa.
Pablo Rodriguez will be assuming the responsibility of Quebec Lieutenant.
Canadians expect their Parliamentarians to work together on their behalf. Under the leadership of Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez, the following team will work with all parties to make progress on the priorities that matter most to Canadians:
Kirsty Duncan will serve as Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
Mark Holland will serve as Chief Government Whip
Ginette Petitpas Taylor will serve as Deputy Government Whip
Kevin Lamoureux will serve as Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
The Prime Minister also announced changes to the structure and mandate of the Cabinet committees to reflect Canadians’ top priorities. The new list of Cabinet committees is as follows:
Cabinet Committee on Agenda, Results and Communications
Cabinet Committee on Operations
Cabinet Committee on Global Affairs and Public Security
Cabinet Committee on Reconciliation
Cabinet Committee on Economy and the Environment
Cabinet Committee on Health and Social Affairs
Incident Response Group