Meet Canada’s new Cabinet

More than five weeks after the September 20 general election in Canada, Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has released a list of new Cabinet appointments. Below is a list of Canada's new Ministers and portfolio holders in the second Trudeau administration:

  • Chrystia Freeland remains Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
  • Omar Alghabra remains Minister of Transport
  • Anita Anand becomes Minister of National Defence
  • Carolyn Bennett becomes Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health
  • Marie-Claude Bibeau remains Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
  • Bill Blair becomes President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Emergency Preparedness
  • Randy Boissonnault becomes Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance
  • François-Philippe Champagne remains Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
  • Jean-Yves Duclos becomes Minister of Health
  • Mona Fortier becomes President of the Treasury Board
  • Sean Fraser becomes Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
  • Karina Gould becomes Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
  • Steven Guilbeault becomes Minister of Environment and Climate Change
  • Patty Hajdu becomes Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario
  • Mark Holland becomes Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
  • Ahmed Hussen becomes Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion
  • Gudie Hutchings becomes Minister of Rural Economic Development
  • Marci Ien becomes Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth
  • Helena Jaczek becomes Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  • Mélanie Joly becomes Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Kamal Khera becomes Minister of Seniors
  • David Lametti remains Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
  • Dominic LeBlanc becomes Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
  • Diane Lebouthillier remains Minister of National Revenue
  • Lawrence MacAulay remains Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
  • Marco E. L. Mendicino becomes Minister of Public Safety
  • Marc Miller becomes Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
  • Joyce Murray becomes Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
  • Mary Ng becomes Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development
  • Seamus O'Regan Jr. becomes Minister of Labour
  • Ginette Petitpas Taylor becomes Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • Carla Qualtrough remains Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
  • Pablo Rodriguez becomes Minister of Canadian Heritage and remains Quebec Lieutenant
  • Harjit S. Sajjan becomes Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada
  • Pascale St-Onge becomes Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
  • Filomena Tassi becomes Minister of Public Services and Procurement
  • Dan Vandal becomes Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada, and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
  • Jonathan Wilkinson becomes Minister of Natural Resources

“This diverse team will continue to find real solutions to the challenges that Canadians face, and deliver on a progressive agenda, as we finish the fight against COVID-19 and build a better future for everyone,” Prime Minister Trudeau said.

The African Canadian Magazine will be scrutinizing these appointments further to ensure that the promise of diversity and inclusion is being made a reality through appointments and assignments.

But one can already see the name of Marci Ien who becomes Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth.

Marci Ien is a Black Canadian whose father, Joel Ien, came to Canada from Trinidad in the late 1960s to attend university and went on to a career in education as a teacher, principal, and school superintendent in Toronto. Ien was born in St. James Town and raised in Toronto where she now lives with her two children, Blaize and Dash. Ien is serving as the member of Parliament for the riding of Toronto Centre.

Ahmed Hussen who is serving the riding of York South—Weston since the 2015 federal election will become the new Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion.

He moved to Canada in 1993 and settled in Toronto, Ontario, where he began his career in public service after high school, working with the Hamilton-Wentworth social services department.

Recall that Hussen previously served as Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

Trudeau said that “the past year and a half has been difficult for Canadians.”

He said that “we have all made sacrifices to keep each other and our communities safe from COVID-19, and the Government of Canada has had people's backs every step of the way.”

The Prime Minister said that “as we continue to take strong action to beat the pandemic and get the job done on the vaccine rollout, the government will keep putting Canadians first and delivering on their priorities.”

He promised Canadians that his administration “will create new jobs and grow the middle class, put home ownership back in reach for Canadians, accelerate our fight against climate change, deliver on $10-a-day child care, and walk the shared path of reconciliation.”