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Who will represent Quebec in a Liberal cabinet?

After winning a stunning majority, prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau now faces the difficult task of assembling a cabinet. Here's a look at who he could tap from Quebec.

Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau has 40 MPs to choose from in the province

Melanie Joly, who won the riding of Ahuntsic-Cartierville, could be tapped for a cabinet post in Justin Trudeau's new Liberal government. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

After winning a stunning majority in the House of Commons, prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau now faces the difficult task of putting together a cabinet.

Individual strengths, linguistic diversity, gender and regional representation all come into play when deciding who should sit at the federal cabinet table.  

Unlike his predecessor Stephen Harper, who had only five MPs to choose from in Quebec following the 2011 election, Trudeau has 40 MPs with a wide range of strengths.

Here's a look at some of the front-runners for a cabinet post:

Marc Garneau

Liberal MP Marc Garneau is expected to be a key member of Trudeau's cabinet. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount (Montreal). Garneau, a former astronaut and, until he stepped down to make way for Trudeau, a Liberal leadership contender, is likely be among those considered for Foreign Affairs.

On CBC Montreal's Daybreak this morning, Garneau played the part, saying the Liberals would take steps to follow through on their commitment to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees — perhaps even before the new parliamentary session.

"We need to work right away on it," Garneau said.

Stéphane Dion

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau could select former leader Stephane Dion as a cabinet post. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
Saint-Laurent (Montreal). Dion, a former cabinet minister and one-time party leader, is his party's critic for Canadian Heritage and official languages — which includes responsibility for the CBC.  He's a likely contender for that cabinet post.

​On Daybreak, Dion praised Trudeau for running a strong campaign "despite all the attacks." He added that the Liberals "have a very strong platform with elements that resonated well with Canadians."

Mélanie Joly

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau campaigned with Joly earlier this month. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)
Ahuntsic-Cartierville (Montreal). Joly, a dark-horse candidate in Montreal's recent mayoral race, was the runner-up to Denis Coderre.

She could be tapped for a cabinet post, especially given Trudeau's commitment to gender equality in cabinet.

Joly told Daybreak the election "was the first time maybe in a generation that Québécois people were ready to trust again the Liberal party."


Other possibilities for a spot in cabinet include:

Denis Paradis

Brome-Missisquoi (Eastern Townships). Paradis, a Liberal MP whose experience stretches back to the Chrétien years, has previously served as parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs and secretary of state for the francophonie. The fact that he is francophone and from a rural area could work in his favour.

Marie-Claude Bibeau

Compton–Stanstead (Eastern Townships). Bibeau has an extensive resumé outside politics, including time spent at the Canadian International Development Agency, and she has served on local governing boards and museums. She could also be in line for a post, given Trudeau's commitment to gender equality and her wide array of experience. 

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