Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet have been sworn in. Ahead of this Prime Minister and these new ministers are weeks of departmental briefings on their current statuses, which areas will need the personal attention of the minister to get things done, and how the department plans to implement the new government’s vision.
Cabinet titles changed:
· Minister of the Environment becomes Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
· Minister of Citizenship and Immigration becomes Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship.
· Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (which only recently saw its title changed from Indian Affairs) is now the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
· Minister of Democratic Reform is now Minister of Democratic Institutions.
· Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is now Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
· Minister of Public Works and Government Services is now Minister of Public Services.
· Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development is now Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development as well as another Minister of Employment Workforce Development and Labour.
Cabinet positions removed:
· There is no Minister for Official Languages. This position was formerly held by Conservative Minister Shelly Glover.
· There is no Minister for Multiculturalism. This position was formerly held by Conservative Minister Jason Kenney.
· There is no Minister of Industry. This position was formerly held by Conservative Minister James Moore.
· There is no Minister of Western Economic Diversification. This position was formerly held by Conservative Minister Michelle Rempel.
· There no longer appear to be any regional Economic Development Agencies.
Other items worth noting:
· There appear to be two science ministers, with one (Kirsty Duncan) being named as the Minister of Science and another (Navdeep Bains) being named as the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development.
· No Leader of the Government in the Senate was named in today’s cabinet. Senate Liberals have already publicly complained that without a Senate Leader, the Senate would rudderless. The Senate Leader helps usher legislation through the Senate.