Trudeau announces new cabinet October 26, parliament returns on November 22

Ottawa-Justin Trudeau releases a list of ministers on October 26 to lead the government to a third mission focused on ending the fight against COVID-19 and rebuilding a pandemic and devastated economy. To do.

After that, his minister needs to settle down for about a month before the parliament is summoned on 22 November. Only two months after Trudeau’s Liberal Party returned to the minority for the second consecutive year in the September 20 elections.

In a statement, Trudeau will call opposition leaders early next week to discuss Canadian priorities and how the House of Commons should resume operations as the fourth wave of the pandemic intensifies. It states that.

According to the statement, in the first business order, all members of parliament were fully vaccinated before working with opposition leaders to step into the commons, a problem agreed upon by the Liberal Party, Bloc Québécois and the NDP. I plan to be inoculated.

However, it creates a potential conflict with conservative leader Erin O’Toole. Erin O’Toole has refused to reveal the number of two lawmakers so far and continues to defend the individual’s right to make personal health choices.

At the same time, the Conservatives want the Commons to resume their normal face-to-face operations and are categorically opposed to continuing the hybrid model. Early waves of the pandemic.

Compulsory vaccination is a central pillar of the Liberal Party’s campaign, and since the vote on September 20, Trudeau has fulfilled its promise to require federal officials and anyone planning to fly or train to certify vaccination. Acted swiftly for.

His office says that demanding full vaccination from Commons lawmakers is a matter of demonstrating leadership.

“Canadians expect elected representatives to set an example in the fight against the virus, and the Prime Minister will raise this with other leaders,” the statement said.

With the resurrection of Congress, the statement suggests that expanding the benefits of pandemic support will be on the agenda.

“One of the immediate focal points of the next parliament is the benefits of COVID-19 support, which many Canadians and businesses still rely on, and the government will work with other lawmakers to maintain Canadian support. I will continue. “

The emergency rent and wage subsidy program is scheduled to end at the end of this month, but can be extended until the end of November. To extend them beyond that, new legislation will be needed.

Other “early priorities” include the reintroduction of legislation banning conversion therapy and the practice of forcing individuals to undergo treatment aimed at changing their sexual orientation or gender identity. A bill that criminalized this practice was passed by the Commons in June, but did not vote in the Senate before summer vacation and eventually died when Trudeau called for an election.

According to a statement, the government also promised federal-regulated workers 10 days of paid illness and worked with the rest of the states and territories that have not yet signed federal plans, $ 10 a day. Quickly carry out our promise to create childcare. Country.

Just a week after the election, Trudeau announced that Chrystia Freeland would maintain an important dual role as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister.

However, it is not yet known whether he will choose to leave most of the other ministers in his current portfolio or carry out a major shakeup. He has been pressured to shuffle at least Harjit Sajjan from his defense portfolio and has been widely criticized for handling continuous allegations of sexual misconduct among senior military classes.

Trudeau said gender equality would be the “basic starting point” for the region-balanced cabinet he put together.

Trudeau lost three female ministers in the election. Minister of Fisheries Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Gender Equality Mariam Monsef, and Senior Minister of State Deb Schulte. Fourth Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna did not seek re-election.

Only a handful of Trudeau and his closest adviser know who the Prime Minister will choose to fill those vacancies, but speculation is that rookie Halifax Western Congressman Lena Metregue to fill the Nova Scotia slot in Jordan.・ Focused on Diab, the former Minister of Justice of the State.

McKenna’s Ottawa slot could be filled by former Ontario Cabinet Minister Orleans Marie France La Rondo, or former Ottawa Deputy Mayor newly elected Kanata Carlton Jenna Sudz.

Other women who may be promoted to the Cabinet include newly elected West London lawmaker Ariel Kayabaga, refugees from Burundi, and former city council members. Leah Taylor Roy, an educated businessman at Harvard University. Newly elected in Aurora-Oak-Ridge-Richmond Hill, Ontario. And Pascal Stoongji, a former union leader in Quebec’s cultural sector, won a slight victory over Brom Missikoi’s block.

Trudeau was also more experienced and re-elected, already proven to be a strong performer, including Pickering Axbridge MP Jennifer O’Connell, Brampton North MP Ruby Sahota, and Toronto Center MP Marsi Yen. You can also promote a female member of parliament.

Randy Bois Sonault, who was elected at the Edmonton Center in 2015, defeated in 2019 and re-elected last month, appears to be endorsed by the Cabinet as one of two liberals from Alberta.

George Chahal, the second Calgary Skyview MP in Alberta, was also initially considered a cabinet lock. However, his ambitions can be hampered by the fact that he was caught by a doorbell camera that deletes a campaign pamphlet left by a conservative rival who asked the electorate to investigate.

By Joan Bryden

Canadian press