David Lametti

Canada’s cabinet still has no official marching orders

Politics Insider for Dec 8, 2021: Justin Trudeau’s running late; a former commander is charged with sexual assault; and a new bill could change drug sentencing
The newly sworn-in federal cabinet listens to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a press conference in Ottawa on Oct. 26, 2021 (Lars Hagberg/CP)

The climate committee double-double

Paul Wells: The government has named two cabinet committees with identical mandates, in a system sure to collapse under the weight of its own absurdity
Trudeau takes part in a press conference with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte in The Hague, Netherlands, on Oct. 29, 2021 (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

There’s no you in Team Trudeau

Paul Wells: In all of Trudeau’s behaviour since the election it’s hard not to notice a habit of mind and a pattern of behaviour
Members of the federal cabinet applaud as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a news conference in Ottawa, on Oct. 26, 2021 (Justin Tang/CP)

With his cabinet shuffle, Trudeau floods the zone

Andrew MacDougall: In a big shuffle that featured some curious moves, at least one thing was clear: the PM’s focus on keeping open his path to victory
Trudeau, and Gov. Gen. Mary Simon, pose with Guilbeault at a cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, on Oct.26, 2021 (Adrian Wyld/CP)

Trudeau sends a signal to Alberta. Cue the squirming.

Alberta got its cabinet minister, but the real focus will be on the new names at environment and natural resources, and how they apply the government’s ’just transition’
Members of cabinet applaud as Trudeau and Gov. Gen. Mary Simon approach for a photo following a swearing in ceremony at Rideau Hall on Oct. 26, 2021 in Ottawa (Adrian Wyld/CP)

Trudeau’s new cabinet: Serious people in charge of serious files

The PM has put smart people into big and difficult roles. The challenge—for him and his legacy—will be whether he can give them space to do their jobs.
Trudeau adjusts his mask during a Cabinet swearing in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, on Oct. 26, 2021 (Justin Tang/CP)

Introducing the Minister of Memes, Distractingly Good Hair and Spilling the Hot Tea

SATIRE: On this cabinet swearing-in day, we humbly suggest a set of additional personnel that could prove helpful in the days ahead
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau arrive for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct.26, 2021. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the PM names a cabinet

Image of the week: Justin Trudeau strolled up to Rideau Hall, umbrella in hand and storms brewing. It was a world apart from the happier times of 2015.
Trudeau cabinet shuffle - Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau arrive for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Oct.26, 2021 (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

Five key takeaways from Trudeau’s substantial cabinet shuffle

Major portfolios are switching hands, and some new roles have been created. It points to shifting priorities and a new power balance in Trudeau’s Ottawa.
Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on Oct. 21, 2021. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Time for Justin Trudeau to make a cabinet

Politics Insider for Oct. 26, 2021: Who will be in and who will be out in the post-election shake-up? Plus, some cranky MPs.