New Cabinet Includes Many Housing Champions

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet was sworn-in, naming 15 women and 15 men to lead his government.
 
Of note for the housing sector are the following portfolio appointments:

  • Amarjeet Sohi (Alberta) – Infrastructure and Communities
  • Jean-Yves Duclos (Quebec) – Families, Children and Social Development
  • Carolyn Bennett (Ontario) – Indigenous and Northern Affairs
  • Bill Morneau (Ontario) – Finance
  • Jane Philpott(Ontario) – Health
  • Carla Qualtrough (BC) – Sport and Persons with Disabilities
  • Patricia Hajdu (Ontario) – Status of Women
  • Navdeep Bains (Ontario) – Innovation, Science and Economic Development
  • Catherine McKenna (Ontario) – Environment and Climate Change
  • John McCallum (Ontario) – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

 
Read more about Infrastructure Minister Armajeet Sohi. 
 
Also worth noting are the nine new ministers—over a quarter of cabinet—who have actively engaged with CHRA and its members in the past few months. These newly elected officials took the time as candidates to participate in Housing for All roundtables and related events this summer and fall, and pledged their support to re-investment in social housing.
 

  • Amarjeet Sohi (Alberta) – Infrastructure and Communities
  • Jean-Yves Duclos (Quebec) – Families, Children and Social Development
  • Carolyn Bennett (Ontario) – Indigenous and Northern Affairs
  • Bill Morneau (Ontario) – Finance
  • Dominic Leblanc (New Brunswick) – Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
  • Chrystia Freeland (Ontario) – International Trade
  • Marc Garneau (Quebec) – Transport
  • Catherine McKenna (Ontario) – Environment and Climate Change
  • Jim Carr (Manitoba) – Natural Resources

 
Finally, a new cabinet committee on inclusive growth, opportunities and innovation in now in place, chaired by Minister Jane Philpott. Its mandate is to “consider strategies designed to promote inclusive economic growth, opportunity, employment and social security, including sectoral strategies and initiatives.”
 
View full list of cabinet members.
 
The House of Commons is expected to reconvene on December 3 with the election of the Speaker, followed by the Speech from the Throne on December 4.  

Until then, CHRA will continue to engage with newly elected and returning Members of Parliament and relevant staff to set the stage for a positive and collaborative relationship over the next four years.