New Day for Canada: Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet

Glorious, sunny day in Ottawa today with spectacular fall colours and waving maple leaf flags.

The grounds of Rideau Hall filled with Canadians as new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Cabinet walk up the driveway.
Liberal Cabinet
Aboriginal drums, young aboriginal throat singers and jiggers and aboriginal Cabinet Ministers. Justin Trudeau and Ministers swear oaths in French and English. A Cabinet comprised of familiar and fresh faces. Old Stock Canadians and New Stock Canadians. Women and Men. A quadriplegic man and a visually impaired woman (both lawyers). Turbans, stilettos and poppies. Racial and gender diversity. “Nice hair” too.

A New Day for Canada.

Here is the Cabinet

Justin Trudeau – Prime Minister.
Ralph Goodale – Public Safety.
Stéphane Dion – Foreign Affairs.
John McCallum – Citizenship and Immigration.
Carolyn Bennett – Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
Scott Brison – Treasury Board President.
Bill Morneau – Finance Minister.
Jody Wilson-Raybould – Justice.
Harjit Sajjan – National Defence.
Chrystia Freeland – International Trade.
Jane Philpott – Health.
Patricia Hajda – Status of Women.
Jean-Yves Duclos – Families, Children and Social Development.
Marc Garneau – Transport.
James Carr – Natural Resources.
Mélanie Jolie – Heritage.
Kent Hehr – Veterans Affairs, and Associate Minister of National Defence.
Catherine McKenna – Environment and Climate Change.
Maryam Monsef – Democratic Institutions.
Carla Qualtrough – Sport, and Persons with Disabilities.
Hunter Tootoo – Fisheries and Oceans, and Canadian Coastguard.
Kirsty Duncan – Science.
Lawrence MacAulay – Agriculture.
Navdeep Bains – Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
Judy Foote – Public Services and Procurement.
Dominic Leblanc – Government House Leader
Marie-Claude Bibeau – International Development and La francophonie.
Dianne Lebouthillier – National Revenue.
Maryam Mihychuck – Employment Workforce Development and Labour
Amarjeet Sohi – Infrastructure and Communities.
Bardish Chagger – Small Business and Tourism.

10 thoughts on “New Day for Canada: Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet

    1. Lynne Swanson Post author

      @Tim: We do not know yet what they will do.

      ADCS is working with Arvay team to try to get an answer.

  1. Lynne Swanson Post author

    Justin Trudeau wrote an Open Letter to Canadians.

    He says:

    Over the course of the campaign, we promised you a government that will bring real change – in both the things we do and the way we do them…On Election Day, you sent a clear message, and you rightly expect us to fulfill our promises.

    I am writing to you, today, to reaffirm my commitment to spend the next four years working hard to deliver on those promises. It is time for leadership that never seeks to divide Canadians, but takes every single opportunity to bring us together, including in Parliament.

    He hasn’t made any promises to us, but his June 25 letter to me indicates the Liberals believe the Conservatives action was “inadequate” and “insufficient” in meeting the government of Canada responsibility (to) “stand up for its citizens when foreign governments are encroaching on their rights.”

    1. BC_Doc

      The PM’s June letter of reply to you and ADCS seems very positive. It makes me optimistic. Thank you for your efforts.
      BC Doc

    2. Lynne Swanson Post author

      BC Doc: Have you seen the letter ADCS sent to Prime Minister Designate Trudeau?

      We haven’t had a reply yet, but we sent this prior to his swearing in.  We need to give him a reasonable time to respond. 

      In addition, ADCS is working with the Arvay team on what the new government may do.


      It’s important for everyone to send letters and e-mails to their MPs, Cabinet Ministers, etc.

  2. Lynne Swanson Post author

    Prime Minster Trudeau told his MPs to be a strong voice for their constituents.

    “Regardless of the committees you’re on, the roles you have, regardless of party demands, and the partisanship that will continue to exist in this House … your one job, that you cannot ever forget, is to be a strong voice in service of the people who sent you here from your constituencies.”

    So those of us who have Liberal MPs need to ensure our elected representative is our “strong voice” against FATCA and the IRS in Canada. Those who have NDP MPs need to ask them to continue to stand up for us. Same for those in Elizabeth May’s riding. Those with Conservative MPs, history probably speaks for itself, but it is still worthwhile trying to get them on board. I don’t know where the BQ stands on FATCA.

    1. Lynne Swanson Post author

      An even bigger question is what will they do about FATCA and our lawsuit,


      I am really disappointed that Brison, Goodale and Dubourg did not make it into Finance or National Revenue.  They have spoken out against FATCA in the past.  I doubt the new Ministers even know what FATCA is.


      On a positive note, Jody Wilson-Raybould has a strong human rights background, both as a lawyer and as a Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

      She was connected with Jor Arvay on a unanimous Supreme Court decision on aboriginal land claims last year. (Thanks to Tim for quickly discovering that!)


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