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How Trudeau’s cabinet has changed since his first trip to Rideau Hall

This group has more Ontarians and far less Prairie representation. And it’s just a little older, on average.

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Members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's new cabinet listen as he speaks during a news conference following a swearing in ceremony for the new liberal minority government at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on Nov. 20, 2019. (David Kawai/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Justin Trudeau’s brand-new cabinet for a challenging era of minority government is bigger, more Ontarian and slightly older than the first group of ministers he picked four years ago. Because it’s 2019, no one between British Columbia and Manitoba will sit at the cabinet table. In 2015, five of 31 ministers hailed from the Prairies. That’s down to just one. Thirty-five per cent of his first ministers were from Ontario. Now closer to half—45 per cent—are from the province where the Liberals won big in October. The median age of cabinet at the start of Trudeau’s first mandate was 48. That number ticked up through various shuffles over four years, but has now settled at 49.

Check out the graphics below for provincial, regional and age breakdowns of cabinet (both in 2015 and 2019). You can also find charts with the median total household incomes in each minister’s riding—as well as each riding’s density—compared to the national median. (The source for income and density data is Statistics Canada’s 2016 census. The income data is from 2015.)

Also, click here for the full list of cabinet ministers.


The full federal cabinet


Ahmed Hussen

Portfolio: Family, Children and Social Development
Riding: York South—Weston
Province: Ont.
Age: 43


Anita Anand

Portfolio: Public Service and Procurement
Riding: Oakville
Province: Ont.
Age: 52


Bardish Chagger

Portfolio: Diversity, Inclusion and Youth
Riding: Waterloo
Province: Ont.
Age: 39


Bernadette Jordan

Portfolio: Fisheries and Oceans
Riding: South Shore—St. Margarets
Province: N.S.
Age: 56


Bill Blair

Portfolio: Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Riding: Scarborough Southwest
Province: Ont.
Age: 65


Bill Morneau

Portfolio: Finance
Riding: Toronto Centre
Province: Ont.
Age: 57


Carla Qualtrough

Portfolio: Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
Riding: Delta
Province: B.C.
Age: 48


Carolyn Bennett

Portfolio: Crown-Indigenous Relations
Riding: Toronto–St. Paul’s
Province: Ont.
Age: 68


Catherine McKenna

Portfolio: Infrastructure and Communities
Riding: Ottawa Centre
Province: Ont.
Age: 48


Chrystia Freeland

Portfolio: Deputy PM and Intergovernmental Affairs
Riding: University–Rosedale
Province: Ont.
Age: 51


David Lametti

Portfolio: Justice
Riding: LaSalle—Émard—Verdun
Province: Que.
Age: 57


Deb Schulte

Portfolio: Seniors
Riding: King—Vaughan
Province: Ont.
Age: 59


Diane Lebouthillier

Portfolio: National Revenue
Riding: Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine
Province: Que.
Age: 60


Dominic LeBlanc

Portfolio: President of the Privy Council
Riding: Beauséjour
Province: N.B.
Age: 51


Filomena Tassi

Portfolio: Labour
Riding: Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas
Province: Ont.
Age: 47


François-Philippe Champagne

Portfolio: Foreign Affairs
Riding: Saint-Maurice—Champlain
Province: Que.
Age: 49


Harjit S. Sajjan

Portfolio: National Defence
Riding: Vancouver South
Province: B.C.
Age: 49


Jean-Yves Duclos

Portfolio: President of the Treasury Board
Riding: Québec
Province: Que.
Age: 54


Jonathan Wilkinson

Portfolio: Environment and Climate Change
Riding: North Vancouver
Province: B.C.
Age: 54


Joyce Murray

Portfolio: Digital Government
Riding: Vancouver Quadra
Province: B.C.
Age: 65


Justin Trudeau

Portfolio: Prime Minister
Riding: Papineau
Province: Que.
Age: 47


Karina Gould

Portfolio: International Development
Riding: Burlington
Province: Ont.
Age: 32


Lawrence MacAulay

Portfolio: Veterans Affairs
Riding: Cardigan
Province: P.E.I.
Age: 73


Marc Garneau

Portfolio: Transport
Riding: Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount
Province: Que.
Age: 70


Marc Miller

Portfolio: Indigenous Services
Riding: Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Sœurs
Province: Que.
Age: 46


Marie-Claude Bibeau

Portfolio: Agriculture and Agri-Food
Riding: Compton–Stanstead
Province: Que.
Age: 49


Mary Ng

Portfolio: International Trade
Riding: Markham—Thornhill
Province: Ont.
Age: 49


Maryam Monsef

Portfolio: Women and Gender Equality
Riding: Peterborough–Kawartha
Province: Ont.
Age: 35


Mélanie Joly

Portfolio: Economic Development
Riding: Ahuntsic–Cartierville
Province: Que.
Age: 40


Mona Fortier

Portfolio: Middle Class Prosperity
Riding: Ottawa—Vanier
Province: Ont.
Age: 47


Navdeep Bains

Portfolio: Innovation, Science and Industry
Riding: Mississauga–Malton
Province: Ont.
Age: 42


Pablo Rodríguez

Portfolio: Government House Leader
Riding: Honoré-Mercier
Province: Que.
Age: 52


Patty Hajdu

Portfolio: Health
Riding: Thunder Bay–Superior North
Province: Ont.
Age: 53


Seamus O’Regan

Portfolio: Natural Resources
Riding: St. John’s South—Mount Pearl
Province: N.L.
Age: 48


Steven Guilbeault

Portfolio: Canadian Heritage
Riding: Laurier—Sainte-Marie
Province: Que.
Age: 49


Marco Mendicino

Portfolio: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Riding: Eglinton—Lawrence
Province: Ont.
Age: 46


Dan Vandal

Portfolio: Northern Affairs
Riding: Saint Boniface—Saint Vital
Province: Man.
Age: 59