Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has unveiled a 38-member cabinet for the next parliament, set to begin November 22, 2021.

The cabinet, which was sworn in at Rideau Hall on Tuesday, features six new women, achieving Trudeau’s aim for gender parity in cabinet.

Marie-Claude Bibeau remains in her post as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, as was generally expected.

Perhaps the most interesting appointment of the day belongs to that of the Minister of Environment of Climate Change. Steven Guilbeault, MP for Laurier—Sainte-Marie, steps in to the role previously held by Jonathan Wilkinson. Guilbeault is a long-time environmentalist, and one of the founders of Equiterre, a Quebec-based environmentalist organization. Guilbeault also headed up the Quebec chapter of Greenpeace for 10 years.

Mary Ng remains the minister responsible for trade, and, as known prior to the swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, Chrystia Freeland will serve as Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister.

Omar Alghabra was re-appointed Minister of Transport, while Jean-Yves Duclos takes over for Patti Hajdu as Minister of Health, which includes overseeing the Pest Management Regulatory Agency and Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Other portfolios that impact agriculture include the Ministry of Natural Resources, which former environment minister Jonathan Wilkinson will now lead. Meanwhile, Newfoundland and Labrador MP Gudie Hutchings becomes Minister of Rural Economic Development.

Noticeably absent from the ceremony was Jim Carr, who previously served as the Prime Minister’s Special Advisor for the Prairies.

The Liberals did win a few seats in Alberta this time around, and Edmonton MP Randy Boissonnault was sworn in as Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance.

Related: Who’s likely to be the federal agriculture minister?

One thought on “Bibeau remains ag minister; former Greenpeace leader Guilbeault sworn in as environment minister

  1. A couple objections to your assertions.

    Marie-Claude Bibeau’s appointment (or re-appointment) to Agriculture was no surprise.

    The appointments of Steven Guilbeault and Jonathan Wilkinson were of no surprise to anyone. The question for the appointment of these gentlemen will be how willing they will be to work with Jason Kenney & Scott Moe (and vice versa). Only time will tell, but my guess is that with his current political woes in front of him, Kenney will be looking for someone to cast as an enemy of Alberta.

    I believe the two “appointments” that were most eagerly watched for, though, was who would replace Harjit Sajjan and where would he end up; how far down the ladder would he fall? And where would Marc Garneau end up – a victim of numbers, gender, ethnic and regional equality.

    Jim Carr’s disappearance was not a big surprise. The Liberals now had a legitimate elected MP from Alberta and it gave them (and Carr) some time for him to deal with his blood cancer diagnosis.

    Still, an interesting cabinet. More interesting to watch will be how “Liberal” the Conservatives and the BQ allow them to be and whether NDP support is “support” or “blackmail”.

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