Not all cabinet ministers equal, critics say

  • Not all cabinet ministers equal, critics say

Not all cabinet ministers equal, critics say

Asked why gender balance was important, Trudeau's response was: "Because it's 2015".

Navdeep Bains, who played a key role in Trudeau's election as the Liberal Party leader in 2013, has been awarded with a cabinet berth.

Newsweek cited a United Nations study to note that with Trudeau's gender-equal cabinet Canada will now rank No. 4 in the world in terms of percentage of women in ministerial positions, tied with France and Liechtenstein.

His direct response won him praise both at home and internationally.

The easy part was for Justin Trudeau and his Liberals to make these promises...the much tougher part will be to deliver... and not make Canadians regret the change they voted for. A criticism I do have of the new cabinet is that one of the portfolio's that was eliminated to achieve a smaller cabinet means there is no longer a Minister of State for Seniors and this is also a concern I will share in Ottawa. Trudeau promised to lead a government characterized by "sunny ways".

The ceremony took place at Rideau Hall before a crowd of dignitaries and Liberal luminaries, including former prime ministers Jean Chretien and John Turner, as well as friends and family members.

Shortly after being sworn in as Canada's Prime Minister this week, Justin Trudeau has revealed his cabinet.

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Not all cabinet ministers equal, critics say

"We all knew his father and after a decade of Conservatives in power this is a historic change in government", said one spectator, Robert Boisvert.

The cabinet also includes Maryam Monsef, the youngest minister at age 30, who came to Canada as a refugee from Afghanistan, and Amarjeet Sohi, who once spent two years in an Indian prison without being charged. The Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau has chosen his cabinet and the members-to-be have been sworn to secrecy until the swearing-in on November 4.

Trudeau launched a thinly veiled attack on Harper by promising a less-controlling style, saying: "Government by Cabinet is back".

Chrystia Freeland, a former media executive and author, is the new trade minister.

The conservative prime minister was also angered by Mr Obama's reluctance to approve the Keystone XL pipeline that was created to transport petroleum from Alberta to Texas.

France, Italy and the Nordic countries already have had parity cabinets.

But 18 of the newly minted Ministers are rookies.