Canada swears in Cabinet ministers


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named his Cabinet ministers Wednesday during a swearing in ceremony in Ottawa.

Some key ministers moved to new portfolios including Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who becomes Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.

She will continue to retain the responsibility for ratification of the new trade deal with the U.S. and Mexico.

She is replaced by Francois-Philippe Champagne.

Jonathan Wilkinson takes over from Catherine McKenna as environment minister and climate change and she moves to Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Champagne’s former ministry.

Some Cabinet members retained their positions, including Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti and Transport Minister Marc Garneau, a former astronaut.

The new Cabinet includes:

  • Chrystia Freeland: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Anita Anand: Minister of Public Services and Procurement
  • Navdeep Bains: Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
  • Carolyn Bennett: Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
  • Marie-Claude Bibeau: Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
  • Bill Blair: Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
  • Bardish Chagger: Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Youth
  • Francois-Philippe Champagne: Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Jean-Yves Duclos: President of the Treasury Board
  • Mona Fortier: Minister of Middle-Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance
  • Marc Garneau: Minister of Transport
  • Karina Gould: Minister of International Development
  • Steven Guilbeault: Minister of Canadian Heritage
  • Patty Hajdu: Minister of Health
  • Ahmed Hussen: Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
  • Melanie Joly: Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages
  • Bernadette Jordan: Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard
  • David Lametti: Minister of Justice and Attorney-General
  • Dominic Leblanc: President of the Queen’s Privy Council of Canada
  • Diane Lebouthillier: Minister of National Revenue
  • Lawrence MacAulay: Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
  • Catherine McKenna : Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
  • Marco Mendicino: Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
  • Marc Miller – Minister of Indigenous Services
  • Maryam Monsef: Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Minister of Rural Economic Development
  • Bill Morneau: Minister of Finance
  • Joyce Murray: Minister of Digital Government
  • Mary Ng: Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
  • Seamus O’Regan: Minister of Natural Resources
  • Carla Qualtrough: Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Accessibility
  • Pablo Rodriguez: Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Quebec Lieutenant
  • Harjit Sajjan: Minister of National Defence
  • Deb Schulte: Minister of Seniors
  • Filomena Tassi: Minister of Labour
  • Dan Vandal: Minister of Northern Affairs
  • Jonathan Wilkinson: Minister of Environment and Climate Change

This is the 29th swearing in ceremony and takes place just before the new Parliament opens Dec. 5.
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