(Ottawa) Barely has he sworn that Justin Trudeau Liberal government proposes to offer middle-class taxpayers a gift in time for the New Year: a reduction of the tax burden that will come into force soon January 1, 2016.
To this end, Parliament reconvenes on December 3 and Liberals agree to work extra hard in order to adopt a motion to implement the tax relief promised during the last election campaign. Concretely, this will pass the second tranche of the tax rate on taxpayers
22 to 20.5% in early 2016, for those with taxable income between $ 44 700 and $ 89,401. Canadians who pocket a salary of $ 200,000 and more – including Justin Trudeau and his new ministers – will however pay more tax.
“As I said throughout the campaign, our first priority will be to cut taxes for the middle class by asking the wealthiest at 1% of the richest, to make it a little more. And that is what we will stand as first bill, “said Mr. Trudeau, at a press conference after presenting his new cabinet in a festive atmosphere.
To support it, Mr. Trudeau chose 15 women and 15 men, including several newcomers in federal politics. He wished to give a prominent place to women, indigenous peoples and cultural communities in shaping his first Cabinet. In addition, six Quebecers are part of the restricted circle of his cabinet.
Stéphane Dion, who was leader of the Liberal Party from 2006 to 2008, is the new foreign minister, while Marc Garneau was given the Ministry of Transportation. The other four Quebecers are new faces in Ottawa: Mélanie Joly gets the Ministry of Heritage and the Gaspé MP Diane Lebouthillier was appointed to head the Canada Revenue Agency. The Quebec economist Jean-Yves Duclos inherits the new Ministry of Family, Children and Social Development, while Marie-Claude Bibeau became head of the Department for International Development and Francophonie.
Other neophytes federal policy inherited from key positions in the government.
Anxious to reassure Bay Street, Justin Trudeau turned to the Toronto businessman Bill Morneau to lead the Finance Ministry. The Liberals promised major investments in infrastructure, which will result in their view, deficits “modest” 10 billion dollars during the first three years.
The Defence Ministry has also been entrusted to Lieutenant Colonel Harjit Singh Sajjan, who became in 2011 the first military Sikh religion to command a regiment in Canada.
The lawyer and Aboriginal leader Jody Wilson-Raybould was appointed Minister 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 Environment.
These newcomers can rely on the assistance of colleagues from experience that were also named to important positions. Ralph Goodale will pilot the amendments to the Anti-Terrorism Act (C-51 project), head of Public Safety. Scott Brison inherits the Treasury Board, John McCallum and Immigration New Brunswick MP and close friend of Justin Trudeau Dominic LeBlanc is the new Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.
The new ministers will have work to do. The Liberals have increased the election promises during the last campaign, many may be difficult to implement. This is the case particularly that of bringing 25,000 refugees in Canada by Christmas.
The new Council of Ministers
Immigration and Refugees
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
Innovation of Science and Economic Development
Public Services & Supplies
Family, Children and Social Development
International Development and Francophonie
Environment and Climate Change
Harjit Singh Sajjan Defense
Employment, Development and Manpower
Infrastructure and Communities
Sports and Disability
Fisheries and Oceans
Small Business and Tourism
Agriculture and Agrifood
Break with the past
The first members of Justin Trudeau cabinet have entered at Rideau Hall by walking slowly to the Government General’s residence on Wednesday morning to loud applause of a crowd of several hundred people came to greet them. Mr. Trudeau was leading with his wife, Sophie Grégoire.
Minutes earlier, outgoing Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with Governor General privately. As tradition dictates, he resigned just before his successor is sworn.
This way of doing Liberals wanted a break with the practices of the previous government, where the public was not admitted to Rideau Hall where ministers arrived by limousine one by one at the door of the residence of the governor general. In the latest reshuffle of the Cabinet in the summer of 2013, the Harper’s office had even announced the ministers one by one on Twitter before the media can not do. The gesture was described as a snub to the journalists with whom the Conservative Prime Minister often had strained relations.
The swearing-in ceremony was followed by a press conference and then discussed in the context of a virtual meeting between new Prime Minister and students from across Canada. The new Council of Ministers then met in the hall of the parliament office for the first time in early afternoon. This meeting was also followed by a press briefing.
DO NOT MISS
> 13 November: Justin Trudeau left Ottawa to attend the G20 summit in Turkey and the APEC meeting in the Philippines. He returned to the country on 20 November.
> 30 November: beginning of the Paris Summit on Climate Change
> December 3: return of Parliament and election of the President of the House of Commons
> December 4: Speech from the Throne read in the Senate
> December 11: Scheduled date for the break of the holiday season