Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s complicated task of creating a new cabinet is reaching its final hours before the team of ministers is unveiled.
Any hint of who might be in the cabinet could start to leak today, as those taking on new positions can begin arriving in the national capital ahead of Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony.
Trudeau has said there will be gender parity among regionally balanced appointments.
That means it had to find replacements for three female ministers who lost their seats in last month’s elections: Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan, Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef and Senior Minister Deb Schulte, as well as Infrastructure Minister , Catherine McKenna, who did not seek re-election. .
Some ministers are likely to have an interest in staying in their portfolios, but Trudeau has only publicly confirmed that Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is not on the move.
Trudeau is under pressure to move Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan to a new portfolio amid criticism for his handling of allegations of sexual misconduct among senior military officials.
Once sworn in, any new faces in new places will quickly get a crash course on their portfolios and try to soak up the details before Parliament returns on November 22.
Liberals have said high on the deputies’ agenda when the House of Commons returns is a $ 7.4 billion reshuffle of federal pandemic aid, which the Liberals unveiled at the end of the week. pass.
This Canadian Press report was first published on October 25, 2021.