In just hours, the prime minister will unveil his new cabinet as his Liberals navigate a new era of minority government in a bitterly divided country. Justin Trudeau has taken a full month to assemble his new inner circle with an expected eye to the environment, the economy and soothing feelings of western alienation. Part of the announcement has leaked. The Canadian Press is reporting that (like cabinets during Trudeau’s first mandate), this one will have an equal number of men and women.
Perhaps the biggest shift will involve Chrystia Freeland, arguably Trudeau’s strongest cabinet performer who handled the tempestuous NAFTA negotiations. Freeland is expected to take on a pivotal role in bridging the divide between the federal Liberal government and conservative-led provinces in Ontario and the West. She is expected to be named deputy prime minister and minister in charge of a revamped intergovernmental affairs department.
Governor General Julie Payette’s office says the official swearing-in ceremony at Ottawa’s Rideau Hall will begin at 1:30pm Eastern time.
Story: contains files from The Canadian Press
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