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Canadian PM Trudeau appoints new gender-balanced government

22:15, 26 October 2021
Canadian PM Trudeau appoints new gender-balanced government Photo: Pool/ZUMAPRESS.com

Half of the Cabinet is represented by women.

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau presented on Tuesday new Cabinet members appointing women on several top positions.

42-year-old Mélanie Joly, who previously served as minister of economic development, has become the new foreign minister.

Anita Anand, 54, was presented as the new defense minister. She is the second woman in Canada’s history to occupy the position. Anand has recently been in charge of responding to the global pandemic and particularly purchasing COVID vaccines at the post of procurement minister.

Chrystia Freeland has saved her posts of the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and minister of finance.

The Prime Minister has also presented a new minister of mental health and addictions Carolyn Bennett. She will also be Associate Minister of Health.

Mr. Steven Guilbeault, an experienced environmental activist, will leave his post of a heritage minister to become Canada’s minister of the environment and climate change. He is expected to represent Canada at the COP 26 climate summit at the end of October.

The new government is now formed by a total of 39 ministers including Trudeau himself. Only 10 Ministers have kept their positions in the newly formed Cabinet.

Justin Trudeau’s liberal party was victorious at the Parliamentary elections in September and secured 156 of 338 seats while their closest rival – the Conservative party – got only 121 seats.

The regular elections were initially supposed to be held in 2023 but Trudeau dissolved the Parliament in August 2021 and announced elections scheduled for September.