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Justin Trudeau just unveiled his new cabinet and western Canada isn't impressed

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just unveiled his brand new cabinet, and it's made up of 36 members including seven rookie ministers. 

Cabinet members were sworn in at a ceremony at Rideau Hall Wednesday, where Trudeau kept a low profile in stark contrast to the previous federal election. 

The 29th federal ministry features more than 12 veteran ministers in new positions, including former star Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland now serving as deputy prime minister and minister of intergovernmental affairs. 

It's a tough job considering rising tensions between the East and the West, but Freeland is a Toronto MP originally from Alberta so many are hoping she'll be the right candidate to help ease inter-provincial relations. 

Former Minister of Infrastructure Francois-Philippe Champagne will be taking over Freeland's previous role as minister of foreign affairs.

Trudeau's new cabinet is gender balanced once again, something the PM was praised for back in 2015. 

Trudeau has also added two new positions to his cabinet: minister of diversity and inclusion and youth, and minister of middle class prosperity.

Only 11 ministers have maintained the same portfolios this time around, and three of the 11 have had their titles tweaked slightly. 

Here's the full list of Trudeau's new cabinet. 

  • Chrystia Freeland: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Anita Anand: Minister of Public Services and Procurement
  • Navdeep Bains: Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
  • Carolyn Bennett: Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
  • Marie-Claude Bibeau: Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
  • Bill Blair: Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
  • Bardish Chagger: Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth
  • François-Philippe Champagne: Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Jean-Yves Duclos: President of the Treasury Board
  • Mona Fortier: Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance
  • Marc Garneau: Minister of Transport
  • Karina Gould: Minister of International Development
  • Steven Guilbeault: Minister of Canadian Heritage
  • Patty Hajdu: Minister of Health
  • Ahmed Hussen: Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
  • Mélanie Joly: Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages
  • Bernadette Jordan: Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
  • David Lametti: Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
  • Dominic LeBlanc: President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada
  • Diane Lebouthillier: Minister of National Revenue
  • Lawrence MacAulay: Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
  • Catherine McKenna: Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
  • Marco E.L. Mendicino: Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
  • Marc Miller: Minister of Indigenous Services
  • Maryam Monsef: Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development
  • Bill Morneau: Minister of Finance
  • Joyce Murray: Minister of Digital Government
  • Mary Ng: Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
  • Seamus O’Regan: Minister of Natural Resources
  • Carla Qualtrough: Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
  • Pablo Rodriguez: Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
  • Harjit Sajjan: Minister of National Defence
  • Deb Schulte: Minister of Seniors
  • Filomena Tassi: Minister of Labour
  • Dan Vandal: Minister of Northern Affairs
  • Jonathan Wilkinson: Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Many Canadians seem to be impressed by the Prime Minister's picks, saying the cabinet appears to be balanced and full of potential. 

Many are especially pleased with Freeland's new position. 

But some are pointing out one potentially problematic fact: there are no representatives from Alberta, Saskatchewan or the territories in federal cabinet. 

Many are saying this will make bridging the divide between provinces nearly impossible. 

And some are saying Freeland being from originally Alberta simply isn't enough. 

The 43rd Parliament begins on December 5, giving ministers two weeks to prepare for their new responsibilities.

Lead photo by

Justin Trudeau


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