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Trudeau Gives Canada First Cabinet With Equal Number of Men and Women

Newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau already followed through on one of his campaign promises to elect a gender neutral cabinet.

Trudeau appointed his cabinet on Wednesday, selecting 15 men and 15 women to serve as his various ministers.

“It’s important to be here before you today to present to Canada a cabinet that looks like Canada,” Trudeau, 43, told reporters on Wednesday soon after he was officially sworn-in as the country’s 23rd prime minister – the second-youngest in its history.

Trudeau was asked why he chose a gender neutral cabinet.

“Because it’s 2015,” he responded.

The Guardian reports:

Trudeau’s cabinet also includes two aboriginal members of parliament and three Sikh politicians.

But the prime minister also included some of the Liberal party’s old guard, putting former party leader Stéphane Dion in foreign affairs and giving one of his closest advisers, MP Dominic LeBlanc, the role of government leader in the House of Commons.

Trudeau is the son of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, one of Canada’s most recognizable and longest serving prime ministers. But he said he wasn’t reflecting on his father’s legacy during Wednesday’s swearing-in.

“My thoughts today – sorry Dad – aren’t mostly on him, they’re very much on my own kids and the kids across this country that we are going to work very, very hard for to ensure they have a better future,” he said.

See the full story at The Guardian.

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