Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to bring back "government by cabinet."
In a conscious deviation from former prime minister Stephen Harper, Trudeau has said he wants to give his cabinet ministers more power than they would have had under the centralized regime of his predecessor.
“This is going to be a period of slight adjustment for a number of people in the political world in Canada. Government by cabinet is back,” Trudeau said Wednesday, speaking as prime minister for the first time following his swearing-in ceremony.
“We are going to sit down around the cabinet table and talk about the solutions that need to be put forward, what is in the best interests of Canadians and how we’re going to deliver on the promise of Canadians quite rightly expect us to keep.”
He made the comments in response to a question about the refugee crisis after he and his cabinet ministers were sworn into office at the Governor General’s residence earlier that morning.
A crowd of hundreds eagerly greeted Trudeau as he walked along the driveway to the Governor General’s residence, leading his new cabinet.
It was the first time the public got a glimpse of who would be in the cabinet of Canada’s 23rd prime minister.
The prime minister has appointed 15 women in the 30-minister cabinet, which includes many parliamentary rookies, such as Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef, who was tapped as democratic institutions minister, and Ottawa Centre MP Catherine McKenna, Ottawa’s lone cabinet minister, who will be minister of environment and climate change.
Speculation had swirled that Orléans MP Andrew Leslie might be among the cabinet ministers, but he was not among the MPs who followed Trudeau into Rideau Hall Wednesday. Other noticeable absences included former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, who was elected in Scarborough Southwest, and Spadina-Fort York MP Adam Vaughan.
The cabinet also included veteran Liberal MPs such as Ralph Goodale, who will be minister of public safety, and Stéphane Dion, who was named foreign affairs minister.
There will be seven cabinet ministers from the Toronto area, six from Quebec, three from B.C., two from Alberta, one each in Saskatchewan and Manitobia, and one from each of the Atlantic provinces.
After the ceremony, Trudeau took questions from reporters on the refugee crisis, climate change and China. In another contrast of style with Harper, Trudeau walked back along the driveway to the Governor General’s residence before he left, engaging with people in the crowd.
Hundreds watched the ceremony on screens outside on the grounds of Rideau Hall and then lined the residence’s driveway to get the chance to shake the prime minister’s hand.
Harper met with Gov. Gen. David Johnston privately at Rideau Hall before the swearing-in ceremony Wednesday morning to tender his resignation.
Ralph Goodale will be minister of public safety and emergency preparedness.
Laurence MacAulay will be minister of agriculture and agri-food.
Stéphane Dion will be minister of foreign affairs.
John McCallum will be minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship.
Carolyn Bennett will be indigenous and northern affairs.
Scott Brison will be president of the treasury board.
Dominic LeBlanc will be leader of the government in the House of Commons.
Navdeep Singh Bains will be minister of innovation, science and economic development.
William Francis Morneau will be minister of finance.
Jody Wilson-Raybould will be minister of ustice and attorney general of Canada.
Judy M. Foote will be minister of public services and procurement.
Chrystia Freeland will be minister of international trade.
Jane Philpott will be minister of health.
Jean-Yves Duclos will be minister of families, children and social development.
Marc Garneau will be minister of transport.
Marie-Claude Bibeau will be minister of international development and la Francophonie.
James Gordon Carr will be minister of natural resources.
Mélanie Joly will be minister of Canadian heritage.
Diane Lebouthillier will be minister of national revenue.
Kent Hehr will be minister of veterans affairs and associate minister of national defence.
Catherine McKenna will be minister of environment and climate change.
Harjit Singh Sajjan will be minister of national defence.
MaryAnn Mihychuk will be minister of employment, workforce development and labour.
Amarjeet Sohi will be minister of infrastructure and communities.
Maryam Monsef will be minister of democratic institutions.
Carla Qualtrough will be minister of sport and persons with disabilities.
Hunter Tootoo will be minister of fisheries, oceans and Canadian coast guard.
Kirsty Duncan will be minister of science.
Patricia A. Hajdu will be minister of status of women.
Bardish Chagger will be minister of small business and tourism.