Disappointing, but I wish them well

So, the new Trudeau cabinet is here:

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  • Chrystia Freeland becomes Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs; and then, in alphabetical order
  • Anita Anand, a new entry to cabinet, becomes Minister of Public Services and Procurement;
  • Navdeep Bains becomes Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry;
  • Carolyn Bennett remains Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations;
  • Marie-Claude Bibeau remains Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food;
  • Bill Blair becomes Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness;
  • Bardish Chagger becomes Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth;
  • Francois-Philippe Champagne becomes Minister of Foreign Affairs;
  • Jean-Yves Duclos becomes President of the Treasury Board;
  • Mona Fortier, a new entry to cabinet, becomes Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance;
  • Marc Garneau remains Minister of Transport;
  • Karina Gould becomes Minister of International Development;
  • Steven Guilbeault, a new entry to cabinet, becomes Minister of Canadian Heritage;
  • Patty Hajdu becomes Minister of Health;
  • Ahmed Hussen becomes Minister of Families, Children and Social Development;
  • Melanie Joly becomes Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages.
  • Bernadette Jordan becomes Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
  • David Lametti remains Minister of Justice and Attorney General.
  • Dominic LeBlanc becomes President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada.
  • Diane Lebouthillier remains Minister of National Revenue.
  • Lawrence MacAulay remains Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence;
  • Catherine McKenna becomes Minister of Infrastructure and Communities;
  • Marco E. L. Mendicino, a new entry to cabinet, becomes Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship;
  • Marc Miller, a new entry to cabinet, becomes Minister of Indigenous Services;
  • Maryam Monsef becomes Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development;
  • Bill Morneau remains Minister of Finance;
  • Joyce Murray becomes Minister of Digital Government;
  • Mary Ng becomes Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade;
  • Seamus O’Regan becomes Minister of Natural Resources;
  • Carla Qualtrough becomes Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion;
  • Pablo Rodriguez becomes Leader of the Government in the House of Commons;
  • Harjit Sajjan remains Minister of National Defence;
  • Deb Schulte, a new entry to cabinet, becomes Minister of Seniors;
  • Filomena Tassi becomes Minister of Labour;
  • Dan Vandal, a new entry to cabinet, becomes Minister of Northern Affairs;
  • Jonathan Wilkinson becomes Minister of Environment and Climate Change; and
  • While not a ministerial post, Jim Carr will serve as the prime minister’s special representative for the Prairies.

The appointment of Chrystia Freeland as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister suggests, to me, that she is being elevated to the status of political “heir apparent” (crown princess?). My only question is: by whom? Does Team Trudeau see her as an ally, an Albertan (by birth) and logical (English-Canadian) successor or is she the choice of a faction in the party that sees Justin Trudeau as a flawed and doomed leader who will be gone before the end of 2023 and has picked her as the successor?

François-Philippe Champagne was seen by many as being a quietly competent minister and he is welcome in Global Affairs after the erratic and inept Freeland. But observers expect that Freeland will remain as some sort of super foreign minister having special responsibility for Canada-US relations and overseeing Mary Ng who will have special responsibility for relations with China. In other words, M Champagne will have a less portfolio.

It isn’t as dreadful as I feared ~ it is a cabinet with only a few top-tier ministries and a whole host of obvious third tier, makework, token ministers and ministries like: Bardish Chagger, the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth; Steven Guilbeault, the Minister of Canadian Heritage; Ahmed Hussen, thankfully demoted to be the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development; Maryam Monsef, the Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development;  and Deb Schulte,the Minister of Seniors.

I wish them well, for Canada’s sake, but I expect little because the top of the heap (Trudeau and Freeland) is weak.

 

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