The conversation about politics and current affairs is always on @TwitterCanada. This morning Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) took to Twitter to announce changes to his cabinet. The Prime Minister tweeted a thread about the shuffle in both English and French as it happened.
There are 11 changes to cabinet, including the promotion of five new faces: MPs Pablo Rodriguez (@Rodriguez_Pab), Bill Blair (@BillBlair), Mary Ng (@Mary_Ng), Filomena Tassi (@FilomenaTassiMP) and Jonathan Wilkinson (@JonathanWNV).
Twitter is the place the Canadians come to find out what’s happening. The Prime Minister has made gender parity a focus of his past Cabinet appointments. Around the world, much has been written on his approach.
Before the shuffle, there was complete equality with women and men holding the same number (15) of Cabinet positions. Representation of women has stayed almost equal with this shuffle, with the slight advantage going to the men.
Where are they from?
The new additions to cabinet come from the most vote rich provinces in Canada. Ontario was the big winner, gaining three new seats at the Cabinet table. The Liberal Party holds the most ridings of any party in Ontario with 80 of the 120 seats.
The Liberals also dominate in Quebec, the Prime Minister’s home province and home to new Heritage Minister Rodriguez. In British Columbia where the new Fisheries Minister lives, the seat count is much more evenly distributed with 18 to the Liberals, 14 to the NDP, 9 to the Conservative and one to Green Party leader Elizabeth May (@ElizabethMay).
The mid-summer shuffle gives the new Ministers and Ministers with new responsibilities time to learn their files before the fall sitting of the House of Commons, scheduled to begin on September 17th. Follow @ourcommons (@noscommunes in French) for daily news and information about the House of Commons. Follow @SenateCA (@SenatCA in French) for news and information about the Senate.
This shuffle also marks the unofficial beginning of the federal election campaign.
According to Neilsen’s, 88% of Twitter users in Canada have voted. Canadians are scheduled to head to the polls on October 21, 2019.
Follow Along on Twitter
Twitter is where Canadians come to find out what’s happening. 91% of Canadians on Twitter say they like to stay up to date with what’s current in politics.
The most used Canadian federal political hashtags are #cdnpoli (English) and #polcan (French).
Want to know what the other political parties think about the shuffle? You will find the Conservatives (@CPC_HQ), New Democrats (@NDP), Green Party (@CanadianGreens) and Bloc Quebecois (@BlocQuebecois) all on Twitter.
And finally, you can find a complete list of the Twitter handles of the entire cabinet here.