Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says parliament will return before the end of the collapse, and that his cabinet will be sworn in during October.
He shared the news with the public during his first full press conference since the federal election a week ago.
“A few hours ago I spoke to the governor general and confirmed to him that I intended to form the next government,” Trudeau said.
“We’ve just gone through an election where Canadians have made it very clear what kinds of things they want to work on, and I’m looking forward to being involved.”
When that government takes shape, Chrystia Freeland will return to cabinet, Trudeau said. She will resume her role as Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. Trudeau also said he would ensure that his cabinet achieves gender equality – despite the fact that he lost four female cabinet ministers in the September 20 federal election.
“There are wonderful, exceptional candidates that get elected all over the country and I will try as always to make sure there is a fair regional distribution, that there is a range of skills and diversity around the table,” he said. said.
“But it’s a premise starting point that we have gender equality in any cabinet I hold.”
Trudeau was also pressured whether he was planning to make any changes to the upper ranks of his office, but he held that possibility close to his chest.
“As we renew our team to move forward whether it’s around the cabinet or around the staff, there are a lot of great people coming on board, a lot of great people going to continue that work,” he said. .
Looking ahead to the next parliament, Trudeau said there is “a lot to do” but he is “very excited about it.”
“We’re going to move forward on five clear things, commitments, as our first priorities during this election,” he said.
The first is to make sure the federal public service is vaccinated against COVID-19, Trudeau said. He also plans to go ahead with his promise to make vaccinations mandatory for anyone age 12 or older who rides a train or airplane.
Trudeau said the federal government would move forward with its plan to create proof of vaccination that Canadians could use around the world and would “foot the bill” for provinces and territories to impose their own domestic vaccine certificates .
Finally, he said the government would keep “good” on its promise to protect healthcare workers from harassment and intimidation through changes to the criminal code.
“We have a lot of other priorities that we’re going to be working on,” Trudeau pointed to the plan to work on issues like childcare, paid sick leave, climate change and housing affordability.
“I’m really excited about what we’re going to do as a parliament and as a government in the years to come,” Trudeau said.
He said his goal is to rule Canada for its full, four-year mandate without drowning it in another election.
“I intend to rule as long as Parliament gives us the confidence to do so,” Trudeau said.