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OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau has launched a new Liberal era with a 30-member cabinet that features predominantly fresh faces and an equal number of men and women.
Fully 18 of the newly minted ministers are rookies who won election for the first time on Oct. 19, including the all-important finance minister, millionaire Toronto businessman Bill Morneau.
And two others are relative newcomers: former journalist Chrystia Freeland, who won a byelection in Toronto two years ago, will head up international trade, while Navdeep Bains, a former MP who was defeated in 2011, becomes minister of innovation, science and economic development.
Trudeau has put newbies in most of the senior portfolios, some of which have been reconfigured or renamed.
B.C. regional aboriginal chief Jody Wilson-Raybould takes on Justice; family doctor Jane Philpott takes Health; economist Jean-Yves Duclos takes Families, Children and Social Development; Catherine McKenna takes Environment and Climate Change; Harjit Sajjan takes Defence; Melanie Joly takes Canadian Heritage; and MaryAnn Mihychuk takes Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
Justin Trudeau takes the oath of office as he is sworn in as prime minister at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on November 4, 2015. Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press
The rookies will be backstopped by seven veterans with previous federal or provincial cabinet experience, including: Ralph Goodale in Public Safety; Stephane Dion in Foreign Affairs; John McCallum in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; Carolyn Bennett in Indigenous and Northern Affairs; Judy Foote in Public Services and Procurement; and Scott Brison in Treasury Board.
Veteran MP and lifelong Trudeau friend Dominic LeBlanc becomes government House leader, while fellow longtime MPs Marc Garneau and Kirsty Duncan take on Transport and Science, respectively.
Trudeau’s Liberals won a strong majority of 184 seats, with representation in every province and territory. His cabinet reflects that, with 11 ministers from Ontario, six from Quebec, three from British Columbia and two each from Alberta and Manitoba. Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island all have a single representative in cabinet, as does Nunavut.
The entire swearing-in event was aimed at demonstrating the new era Trudeau is ushering in after nearly a decade of what Liberals maintain was one-man, secretive rule under Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.
Governor General David Johnston shares a laugh with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after he was sworn in as prime minister at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Nov. 4, 2015. Justin Tang/The Canadian Press
Holding the hand of his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, Trudeau led his ministers-to-be on a walk up the long driveway leading to the Governor General’s mansion, which was lined with a throng of well-wishers and onlookers.
For the final steps of the stroll, Trudeau was joined by his three young children, carrying toddler Hadrien in his arms.
Spectators spilled across the grounds of Rideau Hall under brilliant fall colours and warm autumn sunshine as the Liberal group stepped off a bus at the main gate and strolled up the drive. They waved to the crowd as bagpipes skirled a welcome.
They arrived shortly after a statement from a Rideau Hall spokesperson confirmed that Harper had resigned as the country’s 22nd prime minister.
The happy crowd of onlookers ran the gamut from toddlers to pensioners.
Lisa Chrolavicius, 38, of Ottawa watched the arrival with five-month-old son Justin cradled to her chest.
The name of her son, she says, was a coincidence, “but we thought we’d see if Justin could meet Justin.” Chrolavicius said she came to “feel the positive energy” of her country.
Bob Johnston recalled seeing Trudeau’s father, Pierre, being sworn in some 47 years ago.
“Canada’s been at a fork in the road,” Johnston said. “We’ve taken the correct fork and I want to feel like I’m part of the first step.”
Jack Skelly ,16, of Crofton, B.C., said he’s been in Ottawa for three days.
“I can’t vote yet, but it’s the future of the country that I’m living in,” Skelly said. “And when I can vote he’s still going to be prime minister, so it doesn’t really matter to me because this is the person I would like running our country.
“Seeing him getting sworn in is like maybe a once-in-a-lifetime chance.”
The new Liberal prime minister and cabinet are scheduled to hold their first meeting later today. They are widely expected to take immediate action on their campaign promise to reinstate the long-form census.
A list of the new cabinet sworn in on Wednesday:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, also minister of intergovernmental affairs and youth;
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale;
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay;
Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion;
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship John McCallum;
Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett;
President of the Treasury Board Scott Brison;
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons Dominic LeBlanc;
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Singh Bains;
Minister of Finance William Morneau;
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould;
Minister of Public Services and Procurement Judy Foote;
Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland;
Minister of Health Jane Philpott;
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos;
Minister of Transport Marc Garneau;
Minister of International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau;
Minister of Natural Resources James Carr;
Minister of Canadian Heritage Melanie Joly;
Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier;
Minister of Veterans Affairs Kent Hehr, also associate minister of National Defence;
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna;
Minister of National Defence Harjit Singh Sajjan;
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour MaryAnn Mihychuk;
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi;
Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef;
Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities Carla Qualtrough;
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Hunter Tootoo;
Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan;
Minister of Status of Women Patricia A. Hajdu;
Minister of Small Business and Tourism Bardish Chagger.