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Trudeau Unveils His New Cabinet

Ontario MP Patty Hajdu takes over the health portfolio

Justin Trudeau unveiled a new larger Liberal cabinet. Elected as a minority government on October 21, 2019 the Prime Minister had difficult choices to make to balance regional representation, skill sets, and gender parity.

In a surprising move, former Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor did not receive a cabinet post. Patty Hajdu has been appointed the new Minister of Health, while Navdeep Bains has been reappointed as the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (note the slight change to the portfolio name). Finally, Deb Schulte takes on the role of Minister of Seniors. A full list of cabinet appointments are below.

About the new Health Minister

Patty Hajdu was elected as Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North in 2015. She was appointed to cabinet by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and served as Minister of Status of Women from November 2015 until January 2017, when she was appointed as Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

Minister Hajdu previously worked in public health and focused on drug policy, youth development, and homelessness. Prior to her election, she ran the largest homeless shelter in Northwestern Ontario.

She is a compassionate advocate for Thunder Bay-Superior North and all of Canada, believing that a more inclusive country benefits everyone. As Member of Parliament and Minister, she remains firmly focused on ensuring every Canadian has a fair shot at success.

Early insights

  • Focus will be on domestic affairs and relationships with Premiers: Given Chrystia Freeland’s strong performance abroad during tough trade negotiations with the U.S., it is not surprising that she will be the point person on intergovernmental matters. Her status as Deputy Prime Minister signals further how much Trudeau will lean on her negotiation skills.
  • Focus on regional representation: The last four years saw power centralized in the Prime Minister’s Office which led to severe consequences for internal caucus relations and resentment from voters who felt alienated in certain regions of the country. The new cabinet is the government’s best attempt at regional representation, and signals that decision-making will be conducted differently in this minority government.
  • Cabinet stays large: Prior to the election in October, Prime Minister Trudeau’s cabinet had 35 members. At 36, the new cabinet remains large and the previous commitment to gender parity has been kept.


Full list of the new 36 member 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, Inclusion and Youth

Francois-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

Melanie Joly
Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages

Bernadette Jordan
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard

David Lametti
Minister of Justice and Attorney-General

Dominic Leblanc
President of the Queen’s Privy Council of 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 Mendicino
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Services

Maryam Monsef
Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Minister of 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 Accessibility

Pablo Rodriguez
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Quebec Lieutenant

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