Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled his new government about a month after the general election. The cabinet of 38 ministers has equal representation, Trudeau’s office announced today.
The new Secretary of State is the liberal politician Melanie Jolie. She takes over from Marc Garneau, who is leaving the government. The 42-year-old was Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages.
Longtime climate activist Stephen Gilbolt has been sworn in as Ottawa’s environment minister. He is one of the founders of Equiterre, the largest environmental organization in Quebec, and has held senior positions at Greenpeace. Anita Anand has been appointed Minister of Defense. At the end of September, the Prime Minister had already confirmed Chrystia Freeland as Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. For Trudeau himself, this is the third term in office.
Trudeau’s liberals won the snap parliamentary elections in September, but they still lack a stable majority. The composition of the House of Commons is almost identical to the previous one.
In mid-August, the prime minister called snap elections in hopes of achieving a stable majority after having led only a minority government since his first re-election in 2019. The 49-year-old was celebrated as an innovator when he won his first election in 2015. On Least because of a series of political affairs in his government, he lost a lot of the population’s support.
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