PM Trudeau to name new cabinet in October, Parliament to return later this fall

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OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he intends to name his new cabinet in October, bring parliament back “before the end of the fall” and implement the promised federal vaccine mandate as soon as possible.

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In his first major press conference since the September 20 federal election, in which Canadians saw liberals as another minority, Trudeau said he reaffirmed his intention to form the next government with Governor General Mary May Simon on Tuesday. Of.

“We just went through an election where Canadians have made it very clear what kind of things they want to work on, and I’m looking forward to being involved,” Trudeau said.

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While he has other important cabinet decisions, he has already asked for Chrystia Freeland to continue as deputy prime minister and finance minister, which he has accepted.

The prime minister said he would hold talks with the rest of his desired ministerial roster in the coming weeks as he works to achieve gender balance in his post-election front-bench.

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“The exact dates are yet to be worked out, but we are in the business of meeting an ambitious agenda that Canadians have set out,” Trudeau said.

Citing calls since last Monday’s election to free Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and calls with provincial prime ministers and US President Joe Biden, Trudeau said he is busy and has “a lot of work ahead .. .. an extraordinary team of Liberal ministers and MPs, with more to come, Christia’s ministers and parliamentarians.”

The prime minister said he decided to visit a vaccine clinic before asking questions on Tuesday because getting through the COVID-19 crisis is his top priority.

Specifically, Trudeau restated his promised intent to implement a federal vaccine mandate, which would include making COVID-19 vaccination a requirement for federal workers, and ensuring that anyone 12 years of age or older Anyone on a domestic plane or train should be fully vaccinated.

The prime minister also said his government would go ahead with an international vaccine passport for fully immunized Canadians who wish to travel abroad, paying the bill for provinces that already have their own vaccine certificates. have gone ahead with the system, and will impose criminal sanctions on those who harass healthcare workers.

More is coming.

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