Cabinet: new faces in key positions

gouverneur-general-david-johnston-cotes(OTTAWA) The Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chose 15 women and 15 men to form his first cabinet meeting where several newcomers take orders from important ministries in the federal government.

Six Quebecers have also been invited to sit on the cabinet: Stéphane Dion is the new Minister of Foreign Affairs and Marc Garneau directed the Department of Transportation.

The other four have just been elected: Mélanie Joly goes to Canadian Heritage and the Gaspé MP Diane Lebouthillier will head the Canada Revenue Agency. Jean-Yves Duclos inherits the new Ministry of Family, Children and Social Development, while Marie-Claude Bibeau will be responsible for the portfolio of International Development and the Francophonie.

The focal position of Minister of Finance will be headed by Bill Morneau, a Toronto CEO elected for the first time in the Queen City on October 19 and who led the human resources company-Sheppell Morneau, started by his father.

The Defence Ministry has also been entrusted to a new face from the British Columbia Lieutenant Colonel Harjit Singh Sajjan, who became in 2011 the first military Sikh religion to take command of a regiment in Canada.

The lawyer and Aboriginal leader Jody Wilson-Raybould will head the Ministry of Justice. She was elected for the first time two weeks ago in Vancouver. It is the member for Ottawa Catherine McKenna, who now lead the Department of Environment and Climate Change and to represent Canada at the United Nations Summit on Climate Change in Paris at the end of the month.

These newcomers can rely on the assistance of colleagues from experience that were also named to important positions. Ralph Goodale will drive changes to Bill C-51 Public Safety, Scott Brison inherits the Treasury Board, John McAllum Immigration, and New Brunswick MP and close friend of Justin Trudeau Dominic LeBlanc is the new Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.

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