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    Meet Justin Trudeau's new Liberal cabinet

    31-member cabinet includes 15 women and attempts to reflect regional balance

    Justin Trudeau (Quebec): Prime minister, Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth

    Trudeau was first elected MP for the Montreal riding of Papineau in 2008, and won the Liberal leadership in 2013. He won a majority government in his first election campaign as leader on Oct. 19.

    Ralph Goodale (Saskatchewan): Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

    Goodale, a long-serving MP from Saskatchewan and deputy leader of the Liberal Party, has previously held several cabinet posts — including as finance minister under Paul Martin. One of Goodale's first tasks will be to lead the Liberals' effort to meet their campaign commitment to make changes to Bill C-51, a controversial anti-terrorism and security bill.

    Lawrence MacAulay (P.E.I.): Agriculture and Agri-Food

    Cardigan, P.E.I., MP Lawrence MacAulay is a political veteran and has held cabinet appointments including solicitor general and labour minister.

    Stéphane Dion (Quebec): Foreign Affairs

    Dion, who served as leader of the Official Opposition from 2006 to 2008, has been MP for Saint-Laurent–Cartierville, in Montreal, since 1996. He has held several cabinet jobs and was the architect of the Clarity Act in response to the 1995 Quebec referendum.

    John McCallum (Ontario): Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

    McCallum, who was first elected in 2000, has held several cabinet posts, including national defence, veterans affairs and national revenue. Before entering politics, McCallum was a professor and a senior vice-president and chief economist at the Royal Bank.

    McCallum will face the immediate challenge of meeting a Liberal commitment to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of 2015.

    Carolyn Bennett (Ontario): Indigenous and Northern Affairs

    A doctor and veteran politician, Bennett was first elected to the House of Commons in 1997. The Toronto-based MP, who previously made a run for leader of the Liberal Party, served as Canada's first minister of state for public health.

    Scott Brison (Nova Scotia): Treasury Board President

    Brison was first elected in 1997 when he was the youngest member of Paul Martin's cabinet. The former investment banker has most recently served as Liberal finance critic and is a frequent spokesman for the party on economic issues.

    Brison, a former Progressive Conservative, made a run for the Liberal leadership in 2006.

    Dominic Leblanc (New Brunswick): Government leader in the House of Commons

    Leblanc, a New Brunswick MP who previously worked as a lawyer, is a longtime friend of the new prime minister. As House leader, Leblanc will be charged with driving the party agenda forward in the Commons.

    Like Trudeau, Leblanc also has deep ties to Ottawa that date back to his father, former governor general Roméo Leblanc.

    Navdeep Bains (Ontario): Innovation, Science and Economic Development

    Bains previously served as a Liberal MP from 2004 to 2011 and has held several critic roles in opposition. He's been a key organizer for the Liberal Party in the Greater Toronto Area and worked on Trudeau's leadership campaign.

    Before entering politics, Bains was an accountant at General Motors and worked as a financial analyst for Nike.

    Bill Morneau (Ontario): Finance

    Morneau, a multimillionaire businessman who advised Premier Kathleen Wynne on her Ontario pension plan, is a newly elected MP with a big job. As finance minister, he'll have to deal with promised tax changes and a pledge by Trudeau to run three years of deficits to help fund spending and infrastructure.

    Morneau recently gave up his post as executive chair of Morneau Shepell — a large human resources services firm — but he still owns a five per cent stake in the company. He also previously served as chair of the C.D. Howe Institute.

    Jody Wilson-Raybould (B.C.): Justice and Attorney General

    Wilson-Raybould, the first aboriginal person to serve as justice minister and attorney general, launched her legal career as a Crown prosecutor in Vancouver. She was an adviser for the B.C. Treaty Commission and was elected regional chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations in 2009.

    Wilson-Raybould will have to quickly tackle a range of legal issues, including a Liberal promise to legalize marijuana.

    Judy Foote (Newfoundland and Labrador): Public Services and Procurement

    Foote is a former provincial politician and journalist for CBC in Newfoundland. She won her riding in the recent election with almost 82 per cent of the vote.

    Chrystia Freeland (Ontario): International Trade

    Freeland, one of seven cabinet ministers from the Greater Toronto Area, is a Rhodes Scholar who worked as a journalist and author. In her new post, Freeland will have to dive into active files like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    Jane Philpott (Ontario): Health

    Philpott, a family doctor who also worked as an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, worked for years in Niger before returning to the Toronto area. Another rookie MP with a major portfolio, she will need to work closely with the provinces in her new role.

    Philpott, who is married to a CBC Radio journalist Pep Philpott, founded Give A Day, which raises funds for people affected by HIV/AIDS.

    Jean-Yves Duclos (Quebec): Families, Children and Social Development

    Duclos is an economics expert who was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

    Marc Garneau (Quebec): Transport

    The first Canadian astronaut to fly in space and former head of the Canadian Space Agency will take the lead on the transport file. First elected in 2008, Garneau is one of six Quebec MPs in Trudeau's cabinet.

    Marie-Claude Bibeau (Quebec): International Development and La francophonie

    Bibeau worked for the Canadian International Development Agency both in Canada and Africa before moving into political life. More recently she's co-owned a campground in Quebec.

    Jim Carr (Manitoba): Natural Resources

    Carr started his career as a professional oboist and later worked as a reporter and columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press and CBC Radio before shifting to provincial politics

    Mélanie Joly (Quebec): Heritage

    A lawyer and former public relations executive, Joly made a run for mayor in Montreal in 2013. She's also a Trudeau family friend.

    Diane Lebouthillier (Quebec): National Revenue

    Before entering politics, Lebouthillier spent more than 23 years working with the Rocher Percé Health and Social Services Centre and ran an outfitting business in Quebec.

    Kent Hehr (Alberta): Veterans Affairs and associate minister of national defence

    Hehr, who was born and raised in Calgary, worked as a lawyer and served as a member of the legislature before jumping to federal politics. One of two Liberal MPs who won seats in Calgary, Hehr was paralyzed after being hit in a drive-by shooting just before his 22nd birthday.

    Catherine McKenna (Ontario): Environment and Climate Change

    McKenna, co-founder of the non-profit Canadian Lawyers Abroad, beat longtime NDP MP Paul Dewar to represent the riding of Ottawa Centre. She will be in the spotlight at the upcoming Paris climate conference.

    Harjit Sajjan (B.C.): National Defence

    Sajjan served as a soldier in Bosnia Herzegovina and during three separate deployments to Kandahar, Afghanistan. The MP for Vancouver South has also worked as a police officer.

    He will be responsible for handling Trudeau's pledge to end the combat mission against ISIS.

    MaryAnn Mihychuk (Manitoba): Employment Workforce Development and Labour

    Mihychuk, who was elected as part of Manitoba's NDP government in 1995, has a master's degree in geology. She's worked in the mineral industry and founded Women in Mining Canada.

    Amarjeet Sohi (Alberta): Infrastructure and Communities

    Sohi, who won his Edmonton seat by just 92 votes, will be responsible for infrastructure spending, which was a key pledge of the Liberal campaign.

    Maryam Monsef (Ontario): Democratic Institutions

    Monsef, the first Afghan-born MP, fled the country with her widowed mother and two sisters during the early days of Taliban rule and came to Peterborough, Ont., in 1996 as refugees. The rookie MP is a community organizer who co-founded the Red Pashmina Campaign, which has raised over $150,000 for women and girls in Afghanistan.

    Carla Qualtrough (B.C.): Sport, and Persons with Disabilities

    Qualtrough, a rookie MP, was born with a visual impairment who first gained prominence as a three-time Paralympic Games medallist in the sport of swimming. She is also the former president of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

    Hunter Tootoo (Nunavut): Fisheries and Oceans, and Canadian Coast Guard

    Tootoo, a rookie MP, is Canada's second Inuk to be appointed as a senior federal cabinet minister. He served in Nunavut's Legislative Assembly from 1999 until 2013. As part of his duties, Tootoo will oversee sealing, a contentious issue in the Atlantic provinces and in Nunavut, where Inuit hunters have suffered due to the European Union's ban on seal products.

    Kirsty Duncan (Ontario): Science

    Duncan is a medical geographer who taught meteorology, climatology and climate change from 1993 to 2000. She later changed course, looking into the probability of a global flu crisis, and wrote about her experience in Hunting the 1918 Flu: One Scientist's Search for a Killer Virus.

    Patricia Hajdu (Ontario): Status of Women

    Another rookie MP, Hajdu is the former executive director of the Thunder Bay Shelter House. She has also chaired the Drug Awareness Committee of Thunder Bay and authored the city's drug strategy.

    Bardish Chagger (Ontario): Small Business and Tourism

    Chagger, who has a bachelor degree in science, is a rookie Waterloo MP. She was the former executive assistant to the Liberal MP who held the former Kitchener-Waterloo riding from 1993 to 2008.

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    There's a 12yr old Canadian PM now? He's got a David Miscavige vibe about him. A VERY carefully selected Cabinet I'd say. Let's hope they're up to it.
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    i love the fact that Justin is considered young (he and i are the similar age

    What a fabulous diverse group of people here, it's very refreshing and great wake-up call for politics.

    i wish them all and Canada the very best.

    Hopefully they don't fall into the usual political rut (greed, corruption and gross incompetence) and it then turns into the same old SSDD (same shit, different day).

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