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It's been the most closely guarded secret in Ottawa: Who will be in the new Liberal cabinet?
Most people have been mum, but the Globe's Daniel Leblanc has a few names: Chrystia Freeland and Bill Morneau of Toronto, Catherine McKenna of Ottawa, Jean-Yves Duclos of Quebec City and Marc Garneau and Mélanie Joly of Montreal are all in, and would be newcomers to cabinet. Other Liberal stalwarts, such as Scott Brison, Ralph Goodale and Stéphane Dion are all expected to be in as well. Some high-profile recruits, such as retired lieutenant-general Andrew Leslie and former Toronto city councillor Adam Vaughan, are said to not be in cabinet.
THE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS TODAY
> Stephen Harper will meet privately with Governor-General David Johnston to formally resign as prime minister.
> 9 a.m. (all times local): Members of the public are invited to the grounds of Rideau Hall.
> 9:45 to 10 a.m.: Justin Trudeau and members of his cabinet arrive by foot. (Jane Taber has more on that for subscribers.)
> 10 a.m.: Mr. Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau meet with the Governor-General and Sharon Johnston.
> 10:30 a.m.: The swearing-in ceremony begins. Mr. Trudeau will take the oaths of allegiance, of office and of the members of the privy council, as administered by the Clerk of the Privy Council, Janice Charette.
> 10:48 a.m.: The ministers will be sworn in.
> 11:30 a.m.: The ceremony ends with the singing of the national anthem. Shortly after, the official photo of the Governor-General and the full cabinet is taken.
> 12:20 p.m.: Mr. Trudeau will deliver a statement.
> 1:30 p.m.: The new prime minister will participate in a Google Hangout with schoolchildren.
> 2:30 p.m.: The Liberals will hold their first cabinet meeting.*
IN NON-CABINET NEWS ...
> Tom Mulcair gives his first public address since election night this afternoon at the NDP's first caucus meeting of the new parliament.
> Canada is one of the highest spenders on pharmaceuticals in the world.
> The head of the residential schools commission is calling on Justin Trudeau to ask the Pope to apologize.
WHAT EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT
"For the first time in a decade, the other half of the B.C. Liberal coalition – the federal Liberal contingent – can enjoy a little sunshine. The Premier's experience working for the Chrétien Liberals in Ottawa in the 1990s is a reminder of her dues paid. More recently, her communications chief, Ben Chin, worked on prime-minister-designate Justin Trudeau's party leadership bid before he came to work for Ms. Clark. Senior envoys from Ms. Clark's government have met with Mr. Trudeau's top advisers to suss out the terms of the new relationship." – Justine Hunter explains (for subscribers) how B.C. Premier Christy Clark will work with Justin Trudeau.
Jeffrey Simpson (Globe and Mail–subscribers): "It is proper to ask whether the former soldiers were given the help they required to deal with their traumas."
Tim Harper (Toronto Star): "The cabinet unveiled Wednesday will be one of the deepest in talent in modern history."
Laura Payton (Maclean's): "Inextricably linked to this season's cabinet speculation is debate over Trudeau's pledge to have women fill half the ministerial roles. Here's the thing: Cabinet is not a meritocracy."
This newsletter is produced by Chris Hannay and Steve Proceviat.
* Editor's note: an earlier version of this story said Trudeau would hold a caucus meeting at 2:30 p.m. In fact, it is a meeting of the cabinet.
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