Canada PM Justin Trudeau recently took his oath as New Prime Minister along with his set of cabinet members. It is reported that his new cabinet included equal number of men and women – the first time it happened in Canada.
After Canada PM Justin Trudeau sworn in as the second youngest Prime Minister in Canada’s history, he named the 30 ministers of his new cabinet. The Guardian reported that there were 15 men and 15 women (who were mostly below the age of 50) in his equally diverse cabinet.
When he introduced the new ministers, Trudeau told reporters, ““It’s important to be here before you today to present to Canada a cabinet that looks like Canada.”
The site noted some of the incoming female ministers. A former journalist named Chrystia Freeland currently handles international trade. Another is a former refugee who fled Afganistan, Maryam Monsef, who will be in charge of “the democratic reform portfolio.”
Trudeau also put into position former Liberal party leader Stéphane Dion to handle foreign affairs while MP Dominic LeBlanc serves as the House of Commons government leader. The Canada PM also included two aboriginals and three Sikh politicians in his cabinet.
When asked about the observance of gender equality in his cabinet, he answered, “Because it’s 2015.”
Hundreds of supporters came to witness Canada PM Justin Trudeau take his oath at Rideau Hall. During the oath taking, he mentioned that his thoughts aren’t mostly on his father – the late Pierre Trudeau who was one of Canada’s most recognized Prime Ministers.
“My thoughts today – sorry Dad – aren’t mostly on him, they’re very much on my own kids and the kids across this country that we are going to work very, very hard for to ensure they have a better future, Trudeau said.”
In over 9 years, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper from the Conservative Party led the Canadian government. According to the site, Harper held much power as Prime Minister and was reported to influence the policies of his cabinet members.
As New Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau promised that his cabinet members would have “significant independence.” Moreover, he said that Canadians can now expect “a more open and transparent” government.