New firm: Trudeau gives pride of place to Quebec


Prime Minister Trudeau gives pride of place to Quebec.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is giving Quebec a strong place in his cabinet by appointing a lieutenant for the province, welcoming newcomers like Steven Guilbeault and giving important promotions to others.

Pablo Rodriguez will act as lieutenant of Quebec in addition to being a parliamentary leader, a key position for a minority government. This is one of the surprises unveiled with the presentation on Wednesday of Justin Trudeau’s cabinet. 

“I think it’s important to listen to people and Quebeckers have clearly said that even with a record number of Quebecers in a government party for many years […], they wanted to have a voice. even stronger, “said Trudeau to explain his decision. 

There will be a total of 10 Quebec ministers around the table, in addition to Prime Minister Trudeau. The percentage of Quebec representatives goes from 23.5% to 27%. However, Ontario wins the largest representation with 17 ministers. 

Among rising Quebecers, François-Philippe Champagne will become Canada’s number one diplomat, moving from the portfolio of Infrastructure to the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is promoted to President of the Treasury Board. 

The member for Ahuntsic-Cartierville Mélanie Joly will also manage a larger portfolio, Economic Development and Official Languages. She will be responsible for the six regional economic development agencies. 

The well-known environmentalist Steven Guilbeault is also entering the Council of Ministers. Rather than being at the head of the Department of the Environment, where many would have liked to see Équiterre’s maverick, he ended up in Canadian Heritage. 

The Prime Minister has denied that he has been awarded the Environment Portfolio for fear of fueling discontent in Western Canada. 

“The decisions I made to assemble this extremely strong cabinet were made relative to who would be the best person to work on major issues for Canadians. That’s the only thought I had, “he said. 

Mr. Trudeau added that Mr. Guilbeault, like all other ministers, will have the opportunity to speak on the issue of climate change that affects several departments. 

Among the seven new Trudeau members is Montreal’s Marc Miller. Mr. Trudeau’s longtime friend will be the Minister of Aboriginal Services. 

New challenge for Freeland

Among the 18 women who form the joint cabinet of 36 ministers, Chrystia Freeland is given an important mandate. In addition to being appointed Deputy Prime Minister, the outgoing Minister of Foreign Affairs will have to deal with the grumbling in Western Canada. Born in Alberta, Ms. Freeland will this time try to use her diplomatic skills as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. 

Outgoing Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr, will help him build unity among the different Canadian provinces. Born in Winnipeg, he will be the Premier’s special representative for the Prairies. 

Other important games of chairs

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna moves to the Ministry of Infrastructure. The latter, which has been the subject of numerous attacks on the web and fears for its security, has itself asked to change functions. 

Jonathan Wilkinson, MP for British Columbia, takes the lead in the environment. The Minister of Fisheries has already lived in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a mixed pedigree that he will try to use to complete the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. 

The vacant position at Public Safety by Ralph Goodale, defeated in the October 21 election, goes to Bill Blair. This former police chief was until now Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction. 

Some demotions

The important immigration portfolio will be handed over to a newcomer to the cabinet, Ontario MP Marco Mendicino. The outgoing minister Amhed Hussen is demoted, relegated to the head of the Ministry of Children, Family and Social Development. 

Other ministers have also been demoted, including outgoing Health Minister Ginette Petitpas-Taylor, who has been deputy government whip. Outgoing Treasury Board President Joyce Murray retains only a small portion of the important portfolio she inherited, remaining solely responsible for the Digital Government. 

Behind the scenes, it is argued that it is not a question of demotions, but of choices made to better divide the tasks that were sometimes grouped together in a single department and to ensure that the government agenda is moving in a minority context. . 

Unsurprisingly, Finance Minister Bill Morneau retains his position. Note also that Quebec’s Marc Garneau remains at Transport, his colleague Marie-Claude Bibeau at Agriculture and Diane Lebouthillier at National Revenue. 

Among the new faces, Oakville Ontario Member of Parliament Anita Anand inherited an important job at the Ministry of Public Services and Procurement. By the same token, she will face the great challenge of settling the countless failures of the Phoenix pay system. 


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-Aboriginal 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 Prosperity of the Middle Class 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 Defense 

Catherine McKenna becomes Minister of Infrastructure and Communities 

Marco EL Mendicino becomes Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship 

Marc Miller becomes Minister of Aboriginal Services 

Maryam Monsef becomes Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development 

Bill Morneau remains Minister of Finance 

Joyce Murray becomes Minister of Digital Government 

Mary Ng becomes Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade 

Seamus O’Regan becomes Minister of Natural Resources 

Carla Qualtrough becomes Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities 

Pablo Rodriguez becomes Leader of the Government in the House of Commons 

Harjit Sajjan remains Minister of National Defense 

Deb Schulte becomes Minister of Seniors 

Filomena Tassi becomes Minister of Labor 

Dan Vandal becomes Minister of Northern Affairs 

Jonathan Wilkinson becomes Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

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