The Cabinet

Update August 22, 2106: Bardish Chagger, MP from Waterloo is named the new Government House Leader replacing Dominic Leblanc. Leblanc remains Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (more).

Update: Hunter Tootoo has resigned from cabinet to seek treatment for alcohol addiction. He will be replaced by Dominic Leblanc who will hold the duel role of House Leader and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

Update: Prime Minister Trudeau named 35 MPs as parliamentary secretaries. For a list of parliamentary secretaries, click here.

Update: Prime Minister Trudeau has released his ministerial mandate letters. They have been posted on the Prime Minister’s website and can be viewed here.

On November 4th, the Prime Minster introduced the new members of his cabinet. Here is the list of members, their riding and their new portfolio. I have included a short bio for some of the more prominent members of cabinet.

Justin Trudeau (Papineau) – Prime Minister, Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth

Bill Morneau (Toronto Centre) – Finance

Morneau was the executive chair of one of Canada’s largest human resources firm, Morneau Shepell, a firm founded by his father. He’s also a former chair of the economic think-tank, the C.D. Howe Institute. During his career, he was appointed by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to an expert panel to recommend an Ontario pension supplement to the Canada Pension Plan; the panel was led by former prime minister Paul Martin. He also served as one of Trudeau’s economic advisers and is the co-author of The Real Retirement: Why You Could Be Better Off Than You Think and How to Make That Happen.

Stéphane Dion (Saint-Laurent) – Foreign Affairs

Dion has served as an MP for the Montreal riding of Saint-Laurent (formerly known as Saint-Laurent-Cartierville) for nearly two decades. The former academic stepped down as Liberal leader after a failed bid to carry the party to an election win in 2008.

Dion has previous experience as a cabinet minister, overseeing intergovernmental affairs under Jean Chretien and environment under Paul Martin.

Ralph Goodale (Regina–Wascana) – Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Goodale was first elected to the House of Commons as the MP for Assiniboia in 1974 at the young age of 24, a seat he held for five years. He then took a break from federal politics to lead the Saskatchewan Liberal Party, before returning to Parliament in 1993.

Has served as finance minister under Paul Martin and, most recently, as deputy leader of the Liberal Party.

Jody Wilson-Raybould (Vancouver Granville) – Justice and Attorney General

Wilson-Raybould is a former crown prosecutor, adviser at the B.C. Treaty Commission and First Nations chief. During her time as regional chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations, Wilson-Raybould focused on the advancement of First Nations governance, fair access to land and resources, and improved education and health. She is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation.

Jane Philpott (Markham–Stouffville) – Health

Philpott has been a family doctor at the Markham Stouffville Hospital since 1988. She also served as the hospitals’ chief of the Department of Family Medicine, and is an associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.She worked in Niger from 1989 to 1998, where she practiced general medicine and helped develop a training program for local health workers.

Harjit Sajjan (Vancouver South) – National Defence

Chrystia Freeland (University–Rosedale) – International Trade

John McCallum (Markham–Thornhill) – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Catherine McKenna (Ottawa Centre) – Environment and Climate Change

Lawrence MacAulay (Cardigan) – Agriculture and Agri-Food

Carolyn Bennett (Toronto–St. Paul’s) – Indigenous and Northern Affairs

Scott Brison (Kings–Hants) – Treasury Board President

Dominic Leblanc (Beauséjour) – Government leader in the House of Commons

Navdeep Bains (Mississauga–Malton) – Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Judy Foote (Bonavista–Burin–Trinity) – Public Services and Procurement

Jean-Yves Duclos (Quebec) – Families, Children and Social Development

Marc Garneau (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount) – Transport

Marie-Claude Bibeau (Compton–Stanstead) – International Development and La francophonie

Jim Carr (Winnipeg South Centre) – Natural Resources

Mélanie Joly (Ahuntsic-Cartierville) – Heritage

Diane Lebouthillier (Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine) – National Revenue

Kent Hehr (Calgary Centre) – Veterans Affairs and associate minister of national defence

MaryAnn Mihychuk (Kildonan–St. Paul) – Employment Workforce Development and Labour

Amarjeet Sohi (Edmonton Mill Woods) – Infrastructure and Communities

Maryam Monsef (Peterborough–Kawartha) – Democratic Institutions

Carla Qualtrough (Delta) – Sport, and Persons with Disabilities

Hunter Tootoo (Nunavut) – Fisheries and Oceans, and Canadian Coast Guard

Kirsty Duncan (Etobicoke North) – Science

Patricia Hajdu (Thunder Bay–Superior North) – Status of Women

Bardish Chagger (Waterloo) – Small Business and Tourism


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