Canada welcomed its new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau on Wednesday. While the U.S. is now in Day Gazillion of leadership challenges for both the Republican and Democratic parties — and still a year away from the actual vote — in about 75 days the cousins to the north had a peaceful change of government.
In Canada, this analysis of the new Cabinet was all over Facebook. I made one minor edit to make it more family-friendly, and Americanized the spelling for those in my 74% U.S. readership unable to translate! (I kept the capital letters from the original. Not sure who should be credited for this.)
For once, Canadians are proud (and perhaps even a little bit smug). We ran the data:
We have a Minister of Environment and CLIMATE CHANGE.
We have a Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and REFUGEES.
Our Prime Minister is a sci-fi geek.
Our Minister of Health is an actual Doctor.
Our Minister of Families, Children and Social Development is a poverty economist.
Our Minister of Science is an actual Scientist (oh, and she has a Nobel Prize).
Our Minister of Status of Women is an actual woman!
Our Minister of Veterans Affairs is a quadriplegic because he was shot in a drive-by shooting.
Our Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labor is a Professional Geologist.
Our Minister of Democratic Institutions is a Muslim refugee.
Our Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities is a Paralympian Athlete.
Our Minister of Defense is a respected war hero, Afghanistan combat vet, and police officer.
OUR MINISTER OF TRANSPORT IS AN ASTRONAUT!
Half of our Ministers are women.
Half of our Ministers are men!
Two of our Ministers are people of First Nations (Kwakwaka’wakw, Inuit)
Three of our Ministers were born outside of Canada (India, Afghanistan)
Two of our Ministers are Sikh.
At least one of our Ministers is Muslim.
At least two of our Ministers are Atheist.
One of our Ministers is battling breast cancer.
One of our Ministers is in a wheelchair.
One of our Ministers is blind.
One of our Ministers is openly gay.
One of our Ministers is openly ginger.
Also, Hon. Navdeep Bains has a perfect twirly mustache.
Read about Canadian/US government differences at this link.