Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau dropped seven cabinet ministers on Wednesday and shuffled three-quarters of his cabinet. This comes at a time when overseas tension has escalated along with scandals domestically.
Trudeau unveiled a newly formed cabinet team focusing on priorities on the economic front, like housing and jobs. He mentioned this at the cabinet swearing-in ceremony on 26th July at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
The changes in cabinet include seven new faces and new roles and duties for several ministers in his cabinet. Among these new ministers, a minister of defense and public safety minister was introduced.
The reporters questioned Trudeau if the changes made to his cabinet were due to his eight-year-old government being lacking. The Prime Minister responded to this by saying, “On the contrary.”
Recent polls have indicated that Conservatives are leading while Liberals are trailing behind. Parties from the opposition have criticized Trudeau’s government on how they addressed the issue of ‘cost of living.’
The Prime Minister says his newly formed cabinet will ‘step up’ on different critical issues ranging from affordability to climate change and will be ‘delivering’ for his people.
Trudeau said in his speech, “This is a difficult time right now for millions of people in Canada and around the world, and making sure that we have the best possible team aligned to respond to Canadians’ challenges with the supports necessary, but also show that optimism, that ambition for getting us through these consequential times and building a brighter future for everyone —that’s what we’re focused on.”
Among the seven new ministers in Trudeau’s cabinet are:
- MP Arif Virani became the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
- MP Soraya Martinez Ferrada, Minister of Tourism and responsible for the ‘Economic Development Agency’ for Quebec Regions in Canada.
- Gary Anandasangaree, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
- MP Terry Beech, Minister of citizens’ services
- MP Ya’ara Saks, Minister of mental health and addictions, along with associate minister of health
- MP Jenna Sudds, Minister of families, children, and social development
- MP Rechie Valdez, Minister of small business.
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