(Ottawa, ON – November 20, 2019) Following the swearing in of federal ministers today, Equal Voice is reacting positively to confirmation that the government’s second mandate cabinet will be composed of an equal number of women and men.
“Without a doubt, Trudeau’s 2015 gender parity cabinet had a sizeable impact on gender equality in politics,” said Equal Voice Executive Director Eleanor Fast. “In Canada and around the world, we saw prominent leaders and young girls alike take note and be inspired by this move. It was meaningful, and the smart thing to do.”
Fast said that a precedent for gender parity cabinets has now been set in Canadian federal politics, making it much harder for any future Prime Minister to do otherwise.
Equal Voice is also pleased to see that Chrystia Freeland will take on the role of Deputy Prime Minister, becoming the third woman to ever hold that post since its introduction in 1977. Sheila Copps and Ann McLellan also served as Deputy PMs. Freeland will also hold the intergovernmental affairs portfolio.
Moreover, key portfolios with large budgets and financial oversight such as infrastructure, health, labour, employment, and economic development will be held by women ministers.
Equal Voice looks forward to continue working with Maryam Monsef, Minister of Women and Gender Equality, in an effort to continue encouraging more women to run for office and win.
Equal Voice is also glad to see the introduction of a Youth, Diversity and Inclusion portfolio to be headed by Bardish Chagger.
Last month, the overall number of federal seats held by women rose to 98, increasing women’s representation in the House of Commons from 26% to 29% - a sign of progress but far from achieving parity.
Full list of the 18 women ministers:
- Chrystia Freeland: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
- Anita Anand: Minister of Public Services and Procurement
- Carolyn Bennett: Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
- Marie-Claude Bibeau: Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
- Bardish Chagger: Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Youth
- Mona Fortier: Minister of Middle-Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance
- Karina Gould: Minister of International Development
- Patty Hajdu: Minister of Health
- Melanie Joly: Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages
- Bernadette Jordan: Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard
- Diane Lebouthillier: Minister of National Revenue
- Catherine McKenna: Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
- Maryam Monsef: Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Minister of Rural Economic Development
- Joyce Murray: Minister of Digital Government
- Mary Ng: Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
- Carla Qualtrough: Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Accessibility
- Deb Schulte: Minister of Seniors
- Filomena Tassi: Minister of Labour