7 fresh faces to be found around the Lib­eral cabi­net ta­ble


OT­TAWA — Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau un­veiled a slightly big­ger cabi­net for his mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment on Wed­nes­day, fea­tur­ing faces new to both the in­ner cir­cle of power and to pol­i­tics in gen­eral.

Anita Anand, Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Ser­vices and Pro­cure­ment

Born in Nova Sco­tia, Anand is de­scribed on her Lib­eral party web­site as a scholar, lawyer and mother of four who has lived in On­tario for almost 35 years. She was first elected this fall in Oakville, and is now on leave as a law pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Toronto, where she has taught since 2006. Anand takes over a port­fo­lio that over­sees bil­lions of dol­lars in pub­lic spend­ing, in­clud­ing the pur­chase of mil­i­tary hard­ware. She will also as­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity for Phoenix, the com­put­er­ized pay sys­tem that has dis­rupted com­pen­sa­tion for thou­sands of fed­eral civil ser­vants.

Mona Fortier, Min­is­ter of Mid­dle Class Pros­per­ity and As­so­ciate Min­is­ter of Fi­nance

Fortier was first elected in a 2017 by­elec­tion in the Ot­tawa rid­ing of Vanier, a peren­nial Lib­eral strong­hold, and was the co-chair of the Lib­eral party’s na­tional elec­tion plat­form com­mit­tee this year. In her new role, she will work with Fi­nance Min­is­ter Bill Morneau at a time of re­cur­ring deficits, eco­nomic un­cer­tainty in the face of trade ten­sions be­tween the United States and China, and wor­ries about a trou­bled oil sec­tor. She will also take on the new port­fo­lio of min­is­ter of mid­dle class pros­per­ity.

Marco Men­di­cino, Min­is­ter of Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Cit­i­zen­ship

The MP for Eglin­ton-Lawrence makes the jump to cabi­net af­ter serv­ing as par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary to the Min­is­ter of In­fra­struc­ture and Com­mu­ni­ties and par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary to the Min­is­ter of Jus­tice and At­tor­ney Gen­eral and chair of the Lib­eral cau­cus. First elected in 2015, Men­di­cino was pre­vi­ously a Crown at­tor­ney for 10 years. Ac­cord­ing to his bi­og­ra­phy, he pros­e­cuted or­ga­nized crime and ter­ror­ism cases, in­clud­ing the “Toronto 18” case. He takes over as the gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to deal with the in­flux of ir­reg­u­lar mi­grants cross­ing from the U.S., most promi­nently in Que­bec. He will also over­see a planned in­crease in im­mi­grants, from 331,00 this year to 350,000 in 2021.

Steven Guil­beault, Min­is­ter of Cana­dian Her­itage

A long­time en­vi­ron­men­tal activist with a high pro­file in Que­bec, the co-founder of the or­ga­ni­za­tion Équiterre brings decades of ex­pe­ri­ence as a cam­paigner for cli­mate ac­tion to the Trudeau cabi­net. Elected in the Mon­treal rid­ing of Lau­ri­erSainte-Marie,

Guil­beault has not been shy about his op­po­si­tion to the Trans Moun­tain pipe­line ex­pan­sion, which puts him at odds with the gov­ern­ment he is now join­ing.Guil­beault will be re­spon­si­ble for the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s role in sup­port­ing and reg­u­lat­ing Canada’s cre­ative and cul­tural in­dus­tries.

Debra Schulte, Min­is­ter of Se­niors

Deb Schulte is a for­mer York Re­gion coun­cil­lor who first won her seat in King-Vaughan in 2015 by a mar­gin of fewer than 2,000 votes over the Con­ser­va­tive in­cum­bent. Schulte holds a me­chan­i­cal and aerospace en­gi­neer­ing de­gree from Prince­ton Univer­sity and worked at Bom­bardier Aerospace for two decades be­fore en­ter­ing pol­i­tics. She also boasts green cred­i­bil­ity, hav­ing served on var­i­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions and foun­da­tions.

Dan Van­dal, Min­is­ter of North­ern Af­fairs

One of the few Lib­er­als elected be­tween the On­tario and B.C. bor­ders, the MP for Saint Boni­face-Saint Vi­tal is now one of the few Prairie voices at Trudeau’s cabi­net ta­ble. A five-term Win­nipeg city coun­cil­lor, Van­dal served as deputy mayor and the chair of the city’s pro­tec­tion, property and pub­lic works com­mit­tee.

Marc Miller, Min­is­ter of In­dige­nous Ser­vices

Miller, a lawyer and close friend to Trudeau, was first elected in his down­town Mon­treal rid­ing in 2015. Miller served as the par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary for Crown-In­dige­nous re­la­tions in the last par­lia­ment. Miller will be tasked with im­prov­ing ser­vices to In­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties, help­ing them move to­ward self-gov­ern­ment, im­prov­ing on-re­serve ed­u­ca­tion and hous­ing, and end­ing all longterm boil wa­ter ad­vi­sories by 2021.

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