Research Canada Congratulates New Cabinet Ministers

OTTAWA, October 26, 2021 — On Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the 38 members of his gender-balanced Cabinet for this 44th Parliament of Canada, welcoming back 29 Ministers from the previous Cabinet and bringing on nine Members of Parliament as new Ministers. Research Canada wishes to congratulate each of these individuals on their newly appointed positions.

Research Canada has, over the years, worked hard to build strong relationships with Canada’s Cabinet Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries, and in particular, with those of Health and Innovation, Science and Industry. We are pleased to congratulate The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos on his appointment as Minister of Health, coming from his previous role as president of the Treasury Board, and we look forward to working closely with him in this new role. We also wish to congratulate and welcome back The Honourable François Philippe Champagne to Cabinet as Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. Research Canada is also pleased to congratulate The Honourable Carolyn Bennett on her appointment as the new Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health.

Research Canada has also developed a strong relationship with The Honourable Patty Hajdu, former Minister of Health. We wish to sincerely congratulate her on her appointment as Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario, and we wish her success in these new roles.

“We look forward to continuing to work closely with Minister Duclos, Minister Champagne, Minister Bennett and the rest of Cabinet over the coming years to build support within government for a robust health research and innovation ecosystem to foster a healthier and more resilient Canada,” said Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety, President and CEO of Research Canada.

Cabinet Ministers

  • Omar Alghabra – Minister of Transport
  • Anita Anand – Minister of National Defence
  • Carolyn Bennett – Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health
  • Marie-Claude Bibeau – Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
  • Bill Blair – President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Emergency Preparedness
  • Randy Boissonnault – Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance
  • François-Philippe Champagne – Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
  • Jean-Yves Duclos – Minister of Health
  • Mona Fortier – President of the Treasury Board
  • Sean Fraser – Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
  • Chrystia Freeland – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
  • Karina Gould – Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
  • Steven Guilbeault – Minister of Environment and Climate Change
  • Patty Hajdu – Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario
  • Mark Holland – Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
  • Ahmed Hussen – Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion
  • Gudie Hutchings – Minister of Rural Economic Development
  • Mari Ien – Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth
  • Helena Jaczek – Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario
  • Mélanie Joly – Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Kamal Khera – Minister of Seniors
  • David Lametti – Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
  • Dominic LeBlanc – Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
  • Diane Lebouthillier – Minister of National Revenue
  • Lawrence MacAulay – Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
  • Marco Mendicino – Minister of Public Safety
  • Marc Miller – Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
  • Joyce Murray – Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
  • Mary Ng – Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development
  • Seamus O’Regan – Minister of Labour
  • Ginette Petitpas Taylor – Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • Carla Qualtrough – Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
  • Pablo Rodriguez – Minister of Canadian Heritage and Quebec Lieutenant
  • Harjit S. Sajjan – Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada
  • Pascale St-Onge – Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
  • Filomena Tassi – Minister of Public Services and Procurement
  • Dan Vandal – Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
  • Jonathan Wilkinson – Minister of Natural Resources

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