BC is off to a decent start in terms of Cabinet clout with three new federal cabinet ministers today: Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould (Justice and Attorney-General of Canada), Hon. Harjit Sajjan (National Defence), and Hon. Carla Qualtrough (Sport and Persons with Disabilities). All rookie MPs, which is without precedent in modern times.
Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau is the 3rd prime minister to be an alumnus of the University of British Columbia, joining Rt. Hon. John Turner and Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell.
Here is a summary of articles at Rosedeer.com on BC’s cabinet representation:
- BC’s place at the Cabinet Table. An historical review of BC’s representation in Ottawa since it joined Confederation in 1871.
- Cabinet Committee assignments for BC ministers. What will BC’s ministers be up to? Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Hon. Harjit Sajjan, and Hon. Carla Qualtrough sit on a variety of important committees with Wilson-Raybould and Sajjan on Agenda & Results.
- The Justin Trudeau Cabinet by Region. How does BC fare versus other regions? With 12% of the seats in the House of Commons and 9% of the seats in the Liberal Caucus, BC’s Liberal delegation composes 10% of the Cabinet’s membership.
- Jody Wilson-Raybould a First Nations first. Wilson-Raybould is first female First Nations person elected in British Columbia history. Now, she’s the second FN cabinet minister from BC, following in footsteps of Hon. Len Marchand.