The signs that this would be a different cabinet came early. First there was the promise of gender parity in his selection of cabinet ministers, something that new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stuck to when he announced his selections Wednesday morning in Ottawa: of the 30 members of his inaugural cabinet, 15 are women.
There were also indications, both from Trudeau and from others in the know, that a prime minister elected in no small part on the promise of change would bring that to the cabinet by selecting ministers who reflected the country’s increasing diversity. This is certainly the best opportunity for that kind of representation that an incoming prime minister has ever had — the newly elected Liberal caucus is the most diverse on record, including eight of the 10 indigenous MPs who were elected last month.
And indeed, this cabinet looks more like the reality of Canada than any other has. Along with half of its members being female, there are three indigenous MPs, severalRead More »from Trudeau’s cabinet signals new era in Ottawa