On Wednesday, July 26, Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, shuffled his front bench by removing seven seasoned cabinet ministers. He replaced them with new faces. Now, who are these new ministers Justin Trudeau appointed? The answer is in this article, so keep reading.
The fresh faces include Quebec and British Columbia representatives. The remaining five are from Ontario; four are from ridings in the GTA. The regional representation of the seven MPs who are no longer in the cabinet is reflected in their appointments.
Cabinet newcomers received several significant duties and important portfolios from Trudeau. For instance, MP Arif Virani is now the new Justice Minister and Attorney General as he replaces Hon. David Lametti.
Since the Trudeau Liberals first took office in 2015, Virani, who represents Parkdale-High Park in Ontario, has been a Member of Parliament. Since then, he has served as a parliamentary secretary for a variety of ministers, including his predecessor at the justice department.
Meet the seven new cabinet ministers.
Hon. Rechie Valdez
Rechie Valdez, a Canadian businessperson, politician, and media personality, has been the Minister for Small Business since 2023. She is one of the seven new Justin Tredeau’s cabinet ministers
Valdez was elected to the House of Commons in the 2021 federal elections, to represent Mississauga-Streetsville constituency.
She is the second Filipino-Canadian, after former Manitoba Liberal MP, Rey Pagtakhan, to be elected parliamentarian in Canada.
Valdez was born in Zambia in 1980 to Filipino parents. She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1989. She studied Business Administration at the University of Toronto.
Hon. Ya’ara Saks
York Centre MP, Ya’ara Saks, is another newcomer to the cabinet. She succeeded MP for Toronto—St. Paul’s, Carolyn Bennett, as the Minister for Mental Health and Addictions.
Bennett, who has been an MP for 26 years, declared this week that she will not run for re-election.
Saks who is a Jew, entered politics in 2020 after winning a by-election to the House of Commons. In 2021, she was chosen to serve as the Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister for Families, Children, and Social Development.
The Honourable Gary Anandasangaree
The new Minister for Crown-Indigenous Relations is Gary Anandasangaree, MP for Scarborough-Rouge Park constituency. He takes over from Marc Miller, the MP for Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Soeurs constituency, who is now Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
Born in Sri Lanka, Anandasangaree moved to Canada in 1983 along with his mother. He pursued legal studies at Carleton University and Osgoode Hall Law School.
He worked as a human rights attorney and community organizer after receiving his law degrees.
Hon. Jenna Sudds
Jenna Sudds is the new Minister for Families, Children and Social Development. She replaces Karina Gould, who is given the role of government House leader.
Sudds is the MP for Kanata-Carleton constituency in the Ontario province.
Prior to joining the government, she served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, Marci Ien.
In 2018, Sudds, a then Municipal Councillor, gained notoriety for her opposition to the renovation of former Kanata Lakes Golf and Country Club, an open recreational space that locals have used for decades.
The young politician worked as economist for the federal government, and in the private sector before entering politics.
Hon. Terry Beech
Terry Beech is one of the new Justin Trudeau’ cabinet ministers. He now serves as the Minister for Citizens’ Services. He represents the people of Burnaby North—Seymour constituency, in the House of Commons since 2015.
Beech was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, in 1981. He studied Public Administration at Capilano University. Further, he studied Business and Economics at the Simon Fraser University. After graduating, he worked as an entrepreneur and consultant.
Beech was elected to the Nanaimo City Council at the age of 18, becoming British Columbia’s youngest-ever elected official at the time. He served on the council for four years.
In 2015, he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. He became the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Economic Development and Official Languages in 2017.
Hon. Soraya Martinez Ferrada
Soraya Martinez Ferrada is the MP for Hochelaga constituency in the Quebec province since 2019. Trudeau appointed her Minister for Tourism and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, in his latest reshuffle.
Meanwhile, she worked as the Parliamentary Secretary to the then Minister for Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, Ahmed Hussen.
In the 1980s, Ferrada and her family fled Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile and migrated to Canada.
Hon. Arif Virani
Arif Virani is a renowned lawyer and astute politician from Canada. He’s the new Minister for Justice and Attorney General of Canada, having succeeded David Lametti, the MP for LaSalle—Émard—Verdun constituency.
Virani represents the people Parkdale—High Park in the House of Commons since 2015.
In 1972, he and his family relocated to Canada. He attended McGill University where he read history and political science. He also studied law at the University of Toronto and graduated as valedictorian.
Virani worked as a constitutional lawyer for the Ministry of Justice of Ontario after graduating from law school. He also worked at Fasken Martineau as a civil litigator.