Moments ago, the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, announced a small update to the Federal Cabinet during a ceremony held at Rideau Hall.
This morning’s changes to the cabinet involving two ministers were made to accommodate a request from Minister Filomena Tassi to lighten her workload due to a family health matter. The straight swap of portfolios between two women in cabinet ensures Prime Minister Trudeau continues to uphold his commitment to gender parity within his front bench as the cabinet remains gender balanced.
The Prime Minister has appointed two Ministers to new portfolios:
- Hon. Filomena Tassi: Minister of responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (formerly Public Service and Procurement Canada)
- Hon. Helena Jaczek: Minister of Public Service and Procurement Canada (formerly Minister of responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario)
Minister Tassi was first elected as Member of Parliament for the riding of Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas in 2015 and re-elected in 2019. She has previously served as Minister of Labour, Minister of Seniors, and Minister of Public Service and Procurement Canada.
Minister Jaczek was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Markham—Stouffville in 2019. Minister Jaczek was the Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Oak Ridges—Markham from 2007 to 2018. During that time, she served as Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Chair of Cabinet, and Minister of Community and Social Services.
Today’s changes to Cabinet are the first since Prime Minister Trudeau announced his new Cabinet on October 26, 2021, following the Fall 2021 Federal Election. The shuffle also comes ahead of the cabinet retreat in Vancouver, set for September 6-8, which will provide the Prime Minister and his 38 ministers an opportunity to discuss legislative priorities before the next session of Parliament which beings on September 19th.