The 44th Parliament will begin sitting at 1:00 pm on November 22, the Prime Minister’s Office announced in a press release on October 15. That is just over two months after the federal election. The session will start with the Throne Speech, delivered by Governor General Mary May Simon.
The new cabinet will be sworn in by the Governor General at Rideau Hall on October 26. Trudeau has already announced that Chrystia Freeland will keep her positions as Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister but no other cabinet posts have been announced.
The press release reiterates that the cabinet will remain gender balanced. Four cabinet ministers from the previous government, all women, are no longer members of Parliament. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities did not run again. Three lost their seats: Bernadette Jordan who was Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard; Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, and Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors. The composition of the new cabinet is still not known. [More]
A controversy has arisen about remarks by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the “Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism — Remember-ReAct.” The event was held in Sweden on October 13. In a speech delivered by video, the Prime Minister blamed “extremist groups on the far-right and the far-left” for a rise in “hatred, fear and mistrust.” Trudeau told the audience, “We’re in a time right now where around the world we see an increase of polarization, of extremism, or radicalization everywhere, including in some of the most open, liberal democracies in the world. In our elections, in our public discourse and in mainstream communications — let alone social media — we’re seeing a rise in intolerance. We see the organizations of extremist groups on the far-right and the far-left that are pushing white supremacy, intolerance, radicalization, promoting hatred, fear and mistrust across borders but within borders, as well.” [More]
The Conservative and Labour parties in Britain have recently held conferences which demonstrated their incapacity to address a single problem facing the peoples of England, Scotland or Wales, let alone Ireland where Britain continues to claim dominance over the north.
The slogan “Build Back Better” that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has adopted means that the old pre-pandemic normal is to be brought back, but with an increased onslaught on working people, their lives, working conditions and well-being. To the demands of so many sections of the working people that the government should address the problems it has created for them, the government’s response is that they should be more proud to be British. It is as if that will cause the problems to disappear! Its effect has been to increase the people’s anger and frustration while the awareness that the government does not listen is also increasing. [More]