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
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.
- 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
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Minister of Public Services and Procurement
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Youth
Minister of Foreign Affairs
President of the Treasury Board
Minister of Middle-Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance
Minister of Transport
Minister of International Development
Minister of Canadian Heritage
Minister of Health
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard
Minister of Justice and Attorney-General
President of the Queen’s Privy Council of Canada
Minister of National Revenue
Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Minister of Indigenous Services
Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Minister of Rural Economic Development
Minister of Finance
Minister of Digital Government
Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
Minister of Natural Resources
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Accessibility
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Quebec Lieutenant
Minister of National Defence
Minister of Seniors
Minister of Labour
Minister of Northern Affairs
Minister of Environment and Climate Change