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Who’s who in Justin Trudeau’s new cabinet

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Governor General Julie Payette, centre, pose with the new 36-member cabinet for a family photo on Nov. 20, 2019, following the swearing-in ceremony in the Tent Room at Rideau Hall. The Hill Times Photograph by Andrew Meade
‘Because it’s 2015’: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled Canada’s first gender-balanced cabinet when he first took office. Women and men each held 15 posts, excluding Mr. Trudeau himself. Photograph courtesy of the Prime Minster's Office/Adam Scotti

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s expanded cabinet of 36 from 34 ministers includes an equal number of men and women, seven new faces, 17 from Ontario, and 10 from Quebec. Without any elected representatives from Saskatchewan and Alberta in this minority Parliament, Mr. Trudeau (Papineau, Que.) will be leaning heavily on Jim Carr (Winnipeg South Centre, Man.) to counsel him on issues affecting those provinces, though he isn’t part of the new cabinet.

For the first time, Mr. Trudeau has named a deputy prime minister, tapping Chrystia Freeland, his partner throughout the NAFTA renegotiations, for the job. She's the 10th person to hold that title. In another first for the Trudeau government, Pablo Rodriguez (Honoré-Mercier, Que. ) will hold the distinction of being the government’s Quebec lieutenant and House leader, a critical post in a minority Parliament that involves negotiating with his counterparts in opposition to push the feds’ legislation through.

Here’s the seven new faces at the cabinet table:

Marc Miller (Ville-Marie–Le Sud-Ouest–?le-des-S?urs, Que.), a childhood friend of the prime minister, has been asked to oversee the Indigenous services portfolio, a job that will involve lifting the remaining long-term boil-water advisories in First Nations communities. The new minister made history in 2019 when he delivered a speech in the House of Commons in Mohawk, through simultaneous translation.

Anita Anand(Oakville, Ont.), a rookie MP and law professor at the University of Toronto who has experience in corporate governance, has been appointed minister for public services and procurement.

Dan Vandal (Saint Boniface-Saint Vital, Man.), a Métis MP, is the lone Indigenous voice at the table as northern affairs minister, a post that was cleaved off the intergovernmental affairs file.

Marco Mendicino (Eglinton-Lawrence, Ont.), a Toronto MP and former lawyer who first served as a parliamentary to the justice minister, will now manage immigration issues.

Steven Guilbeault (Laurier-Saint Marie, Que.), the high-profile Quebec environmentalist and first-time MP, has been a vocal critic of the government’s decision to expand and purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline. But his role will largely be confined to overseeing the heritage file.

Mona Fortier (Ottawa-Vanier, Ont.), one of two Ottawa-area MPs and co-chair of the Liberals’ national platform committee, has been assigned the new post of minister for middle-class prosperity, a role that falls under the auspices of the finance department.

Deb Schulte (King-Vaughan, Ont.), who has an engineering degree from Princeton University, takes over as seniors minister.

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