Ahmed Hussen and Omar Alghabra return to cabinet
Ahmed Hussen and Omar Alghabra have been returned to the cabinet that was announced today ahead of the Canadian Parliament's Nov. 22 return.
Omar Alghabra remains Minister of Transport and Ahmed Hussen becomes Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion.
“Honoured to continue serving Canadians in Cabinet as Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion,” said Minister Hussen on his Facebook page. “With a dedicated Ministry for Housing, we will continue to make it easier for Canadians to find an affordable place to call home & ending chronic homelessness. Let's keep working!”
“The work of building a diverse and inclusive Canada requires a whole of government approach,” he added. Let's be bolder, stronger and steadfast in the fight to end hatred and racism. We have to do this together.”
“Canadians need a strong and diverse Cabinet to deliver on their priorities and keep Canada moving forward for everyone,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“This team will finish the fight against COVID‑19, deliver on $10-a-day child care, help Canadians find a home of their own, tackle the climate crisis, and continue to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Together, we will work tirelessly to build a better future for all Canadians.”
One of the major appointments to cabinet is of Oakville MP Anita Anand who becomes only the second woman in Canadian history to take on the role of Defence minister, after former prime minister Kim Campbell in the 1990s.
Anand will take over as the Armed Forces continue to deal with a sexual misconduct crisis. Multiple high-ranking military officers have been moved out of their jobs while facing allegations.
The new cabinet includes 39 minister
“We have a team of familiar faces and new faces that are ready to put all their strengths, all their hard work towards delivering for Canadians in the coming years,” Trudeau told reporters Tuesday afternoon.
“One of the things we saw very clearly in this election was that Canadians are expecting big things to be done by Parliament, and by this government,” Trudeau said. “With a refreshed and reinvigorated team around me, I'm really excited about what we're going to be able to accomplish for Canadians and I know that this team is raring to go.”