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Trudeau departs from traditional cabinetmaking thinking on gender, regional representation

By Marco Vigliotti      

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made good on a campaign pledge by continually boasting a gender-equal cabinet, while also forgoing the practice of naming regional ministers.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses with new Health Minister Ginnette Petipas Taylor, centre, and Governor General David Johnston, left, after she was sworn-in to the federal ministry in late August. Mr. Trudeau has orchestrated two major cabinet shuffles during his tenure as prime minister, which have both ensured an even gender split and done away with regional ministers. The Hill Times file photograph
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has held office for almost two full years and has already orchestrated two fairly major cabinet shuffles and removed four cabinet ministers. But while the makeup of the ministry has shifted, at times drastically, since Mr. Trudeau (Papineau. Que.) made the triumphant sun-cloaked walk from Rideau Hall in Nov. 4, 2015 to be sworn-in, it remains tethered to the same political, geographic, and managerial considerations that ultimately developed the first cabinet, and many that

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