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Trudeau’s 2017 cabinet: Read the full list of who’s in, who’s out and who keeps their job

The Prime Minister is shuffling his cabinet so Canada can put a new foot forward with the incoming Republican administration in Washington. Here’s a full guide to who’s doing what

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, middle, holds a press conference with his newly sworn in ministers on Parliament Hill on Jan 10, 2017, following a cabinet shuffle at Rideau Hall.


Table of contents Who’s been reassignedWho’s been addedWho’s leavingThe new gender and regional balance Who’s staying putWhat does it mean?



Who’s been reassigned

Chrystia Freeland, Foreign affairs


Patty Hajdu, Employment, workforce development and labour



Maryam Monsef, Status of women

  • Who she’s replacing: Patty Hajdu
  • Former cabinet job: Democratic Institutions
  • Riding: Peterborough-Kawartha, Ontario
  • Background: Former Peterborough community organizer; founder of the Red Pashmina Campaign raising money for the education of women and girls in Afghanistan
  • More reading: Maryam Monsef and the modern political narrative

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Who’s been added

François-Philippe Champagne, International trade



Karina Gould, Democratic institutions


Ahmed Hussen, Immigration

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Who’s leaving

Stéphane Dion

  • Former cabinet job: Foreign affairs
  • Where’s he going? Leaving politics
  • Riding: Saint-Laurent, Quebec
  • Background: Former political sciene professor and author; served in cabinet roles under Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin; led the party from 2006 to 2008
  • More reading: Stéphane Dion’s poor communication skills led to cabinet ouster

John McCallum

  • Former cabinet job: Immigration
  • Where’s he going? Recommended by Mr. Trudeau as Canadian ambassador to China
  • Riding: Markham-Thornhill, Ontario
  • Background: Former economics professor; former dean of arts at McGill University; has held cabinet roles under the Chrétien and Martin governments
  • More reading: McCallum to play key role as Canada seeks to expand trade with China

MaryAnn Mihychuk

  • Former cabinet job: Employment, workforce development and labour
  • Where’s she going? Back bench
  • Riding: Kildonan-St. Paul, Manitoba
  • Background: Former school trustee; served as an NDP MLA in Manitoba’s provincial government

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Gender and regional balance


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Who’s staying put

Navdeep Bains, Innovation, science and economic development

  • Riding: Mississauga-Malton, Ontario
  • Background: Former professor at Ryerson’s management school; MP from 2004 to 2011, re-elected in 2015


Carolyn Bennett, Indigenous and Northern Affairs

  • Riding: St. Paul’s, Ontario
  • Background: Former family doctor; MP since 1997; former minister of state in Paul Martin’s Liberal government


Marie-Claude Bibeau, International development and La Francophonie

  • Riding: Compton-Stanstead, Quebec
  • Background: Former foreign-aid worker; former executive director of the Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science


Scott Brison, Treasury Board president

  • Riding: Kings-Hants, Nova Scotia
  • Background: MP since 1997; former Progressive Conservative leadership contender who crossed the floor to the Liberals after reconsidering the party’s merger with the Canadian Alliance


Jim Carr, Natural resources

  • Riding: Winnipeg-South Centre, Manitoba
  • Background: Former Manitoba legislator and deputy leader of the provincial Liberals; former CEO of the Business Council of Manitoba


Bardish Chagger, Government House Leader, Small business and tourism

  • Riding: Waterloo, Ontario
  • Background: Former executive assistant to Kitchener-Waterloo MP Andrew Telegdi; former member of Justin Trudeau’s Ontario team for his party leadership bid


Jean-Yves Duclos, Families, children and social development

  • Riding: Quebec, Quebec
  • Background: Economist at Laval University; expert on impact of public policies on the poor


Kirsty Duncan, Science

  • Riding: Etobicoke North, Ontario
  • Background: Former professor at the University of Windsor and University of Toronto; Liberal MP since 2008


Judy Foote, Public services and procurement

  • Riding: Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, Newfoundland
  • Background: Newfoundland legislator who held cabinet roles under premier Brian Tobin; elected to the House of Commons in 2008


Marc Garneau, Transport

  • Riding: Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount, Quebec
  • Background: Former astronaut and president of the Canadian Space Agency; Liberal MP since 2008; ran for the Liberal leadership in 2013


Ralph Goodale, Public safety

  • Riding: Regina-Wascana, Saskatchewan
  • Background: Long-serving Liberal in Saskatchewan, both federally and provincially; held cabinet roles in the Chrétien and Martin governments


Kent Hehr, Veterans Affairs

  • Riding: Calgary Centre, Alberta
  • Background: Former junior hockey player; former lawyer, community activist and Alberta legislator


Mélanie Joly, Canadian Heritage

  • Riding: Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Quebec
  • Background: Former lawyer and managing partner at the public-relations firm Cohn & Wolfe; candidate in the 2013 Montreal mayoral election


Dominic Leblanc, Fisheries and oceans

  • Riding: Beauséjour, New Brunswick
  • Background: Former lawyer; served in the House of Commons since 2000; childhood friend of Justin Trudeau; son of former governor-general Romeo Leblanc


Diane Lebouthillier, National Revenue

  • Riding: Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec
  • Background: Former social worker; warden of a municipal government in the Gaspé Peninsula


Lawrence MacAulay, Agriculture

  • Riding: Cardigan, PEI
  • Background: Veteran Liberal politician; former cabinet minister under Jean Chrétien


Catherine McKenna, Environment and climate change

  • Riding: Ottawa Centre, Ontario
  • Background: Former international trade and competition lawyer; legal adviser and negotiator for the UN peacekeeping mission in East Timor; used to teach at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs

More reading: For Catherine McKenna, balancing politics and family means setting boundaries


Bill Morneau, Finance

  • Riding: Toronto Centre, Ontario
  • Background: Former CEO of pension firm Morneau Sheppell; chairman of the C.D. Howe Institute

More reading: Meet Trudeau’s point man on boosting growth


Jane Philpott, Health

  • Riding: Markham-Stouffville, Ontario
  • Background: Former physician and chief of family medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital; worked in Niger for Médecins sans frontières (Doctors Without Borders)

More reading: Jane Philpott knows the sacrifices of public service


Carla Qualtrough, Sport and persons with disabilities

  • Riding: Delta, B.C.
  • Background: Former Paralympic swimmer; former lawyer; advocate for people with disabilities


Harjit Sajjan, National Defence

  • Riding: Vancouver South, B.C.
  • Background: Retired lieutenant-colonel and veteran of the Afghanistan and Bosnia conflicts; first Sikh to command a Canadian army regiment

More reading: Defence Minister led Sikhs’ rise to prominence in Parliament


Amarjeet Sohi, Infrastructure and communities

  • Riding: Edmonton Mill-Woods, Alberta
  • Background: Former Edmonton city councillor and advocate for light rapid transit


Jody Wilson-Raybould, Justice

  • Riding: Vancouver Granville, B.C.
  • Background: Former B.C. prosecutor; former regional chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations; first indigenous federal justice minister

More reading: Jody Wilson-Raybould, the justice minister without precedent

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What does it mean?

Read more analysis of the Trudeau government’s cabinet shuffle.

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With reports from Evan Annett, Affan Chowdhry, Sean Fine and Tu Thanh Ha

Photos by The Canadian Press, Reuters, AFP/Getty Images and The Globe and Mail


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