BC’s federal cabinet ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould, Harjit Singh Sajjan and Carla Qualtrough will be busy.
Cabinet committee mandates and memberships indicate they will be spending a lot of time in meeting rooms. They will now begin the four year tug-of-war between cabinet duties and constituency visits.
Cabinet Committee on Agenda and Results
The pre-eminent Cabinet sub-committee chaired by PM Trudeau. Both Wilson-Raybould and Sajjan are members of the 11 member committee.
Chair Hon. Scott Brison. No BC ministers.
Chair Hon. Dominic Leblanc. No BC ministers.
Inclusive Growth, Opportunities and Innovation
Chaired by Health Minister Hon. Jane Philpott. This committee is mandated to “grow the middle class”. No BC ministers.
Diversity and Inclusion
Chaired by Immigration Minister Hon. John McCallum. This committee is mandated to improve relationship with indigenous Canadians and promote diversity, multiculturalism, and linguistic duality. Wilson-Raybould and Qualtrough are members.
Canada in the World and Public Security
Responsible for promotion of Canadian values and interests abroad, and domestic/global security. Chaired by Hon. Ralph Goodale (Public Security ministers), Wilson-Raybould is vice-chair and Saijjan is a member.
Sub-committee of Canada in the World: Canada-US relations
Mandated to “foster strong relations”. Chaired by International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, Wilson-Raybould andSajjan are members.
Intelligence and Emergency Management
Chaired by PM Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould is vice-chair,Sajjan is a member.
Open and Transparent Government
Chaired by Hon. Judy Foote, Qualtrough is vice-chair, Wilson-Raybould is a member.
Environment and Climate Change
Chaired by Foreign Minister Hon. Stephane Dion. No BC ministers.
By my count, Wilson-Raybould sits on six cabinet committees (vice-chair of two),Sajjan sits on four committees, and Qualtrough two (vice-chair of one).
Treasury Board, Growing the middle class, and Climate Change are three committees where a BC presence is missing, but realistically, BC’s ministers can’t be everywhere. With two on Agenda & Results, BC has a fair crack to be heard.