On October 26, 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his cabinet for the 44th Parliament. Being the second minority Government in back-to-back sessions and a few Ministers not returning, he added a few new faces and shifted some portfolios of some key Ministers around.
Once again, the PM has ensured that his 38-member cabinet is gender balanced. A decision that we applaud, ensuring that there is an equal voice and opportunity for all MPs, regardless of gender.
The Ministers and files that most impact the IBEW and our various sectors are as follows:
- Chrystia Freeland remains Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
- Omar Alghabra remains Minister of Transport
- Anita Anand becomes Minister of National Defence
- Jean-Yves Duclos becomes Minister of Health
- Mona Fortier becomes President of the Treasury Board
- Sean Fraser becomes Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
- Steven Guilbeault becomes Minister of Environment and Climate Change
- Marci Ien becomes Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth
- Mélanie Joly becomes Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Dominic LeBlanc becomes Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
- Lawrence MacAulay remains Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
- Mary Ng becomes Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development
- Seamus O’Regan Jr. becomes Minister of Labour
- Carla Qualtrough remains Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
- Filomena Tassi becomes Minister of Public Services and Procurement
- Jonathan Wilkinson becomes Minister of Natural Resources
For the complete list of Cabinet Ministers, please see the link HERE.
We will continue to monitor for updates on MPs appointed to the role of Parliamentary Secretaries and on the reaction of the opposition parties with their critic appointments. We can expect Ministerial mandate letters to come out in the following weeks.