Meet Justin Trudeau's new Liberal cabinet

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed 15 women and 15 men to his cabinet. Read the full federal cabinet list.

31-member cabinet includes 15 women and attempts to reflect regional balance

Trudeau's first day as prime minister

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Justin Trudeau (Quebec): Prime minister, Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth

Justin Trudeau is Canada's 23rd prime minister and the eldest son of Margaret Trudeau and the late prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. (CBC)

Trudeau was first elected MP for the Montreal riding of Papineau in 2008, and won the Liberal leadership in 2013. He won a majority government in his first election campaign as leader on Oct. 19.

Ralph Goodale (Saskatchewan): Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Veteran politician Ralph Goodale was first elected to Parliament in 1974. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Goodale, a long-serving MP from Saskatchewan and deputy leader of the Liberal Party, has previously held several cabinet posts — including as finance minister under Paul Martin. One of Goodale's first tasks will be to lead the Liberals' effort to meet their campaign commitment to make changes to Bill C-51, a controversial anti-terrorism and security bill.

Lawrence MacAulay (P.E.I.): Agriculture and Agri-Food

Lawrence MacAulay has run and won in eight election campaigns. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Cardigan, P.E.I., MP Lawrence MacAulay is a political veteran and has held cabinet appointments including solicitor general and labour minister.

Stéphane Dion (Quebec): Foreign Affairs

Former federal Liberal Party leader Stéphane Dion shakes hands with the current one, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Dion, who served as leader of the Official Opposition from 2006 to 2008, has been MP for Saint-Laurent–Cartierville, in Montreal, since 1996. He has held several cabinet jobs and was the architect of the Clarity Act in response to the 1995 Quebec referendum. 

John McCallum (Ontario): Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

John McCallum was first elected as an MP under former prime minister Jean Chrétien. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

McCallum, who was first elected in 2000, has held several cabinet posts, including national defence, veterans affairs and national revenue. Before entering politics, McCallum was a professor and a senior vice-president and chief economist at the Royal Bank.

McCallum will face the immediate challenge of meeting a Liberal commitment to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of 2015.

Carolyn Bennett (Ontario): Indigenous and Northern Affairs

Toronto MP Carolyn Bennett served as aboriginal affairs critic for the Liberals in opposition. She'll now serve as minister of indigenous and northern affairs. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

A doctor and veteran politician, Bennett was first elected to the House of Commons in 1997. The Toronto-based MP, who previously made a run for leader of the Liberal Party, served as Canada's first minister of state for public health.

Scott Brison (Nova Scotia): Treasury Board President

Nova Scotia MP Scott Brison is sworn in as President of the Treasury Board. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Brison was first elected in 1997 when he was the youngest member of Paul Martin's cabinet. The former investment banker has most recently served as Liberal finance critic and is a frequent spokesman for the party on economic issues.

Brison, a former Progressive Conservative, made a run for the Liberal leadership in 2006. 

Dominic Leblanc (New Brunswick): Government leader in the House of Commons

Person in a suit and a red tie reading a paper.
New Brunswick MP Dominic Leblanc will serve as House leader for the government. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Leblanc, a New Brunswick MP who previously worked as a lawyer, is a longtime friend of the new prime minister. As House leader, Leblanc will be charged with driving the party agenda forward in the Commons.

Like Trudeau, Leblanc also has deep ties to Ottawa that date back to his father, former governor general Roméo Leblanc.

Navdeep Bains (Ontario): Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Navdeep Bains receives congratulations from the prime minister. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Bains previously served as a Liberal MP from 2004 to 2011 and has held several critic roles in opposition. He's been a key organizer for the Liberal Party in the Greater Toronto Area and worked on Trudeau's leadership campaign.

Before entering politics, Bains was an accountant at General Motors and worked as a financial analyst for Nike.

Bill Morneau (Ontario): Finance 

Bill Morneau, representing Toronto-Centre, is a rookie MP with a key cabinet role. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Morneau, a multimillionaire businessman who advised Premier Kathleen Wynne on her Ontario pension plan, is a newly elected MP with a big job. As finance minister, he'll have to deal with promised tax changes and a pledge by Trudeau to run three years of deficits to help fund spending and infrastructure.

Morneau recently gave up his post as executive chair of Morneau Shepell — a large human resources services firm — but he still owns a five per cent stake in the company. He also previously served as chair of the C.D. Howe Institute.

Jody Wilson-Raybould (B.C.): Justice and Attorney General

Jody Wilson-Raybould, MP for Vancouver Granville, is a lawyer and former regional chief of the B.C, Assembly of First Nations. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Wilson-Raybould, the first aboriginal person to serve as justice minister and attorney general, launched her legal career as a Crown prosecutor in Vancouver. She was an adviser for the B.C. Treaty Commission and was elected regional chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations in 2009.

Wilson-Raybould will have to quickly tackle a range of legal issues, including a Liberal promise to legalize marijuana.

Judy Foote (Newfoundland and Labrador): Public Services and Procurement

Newfoundland and Labrador MP Judy Foote will hold the public services and procurement portfolio. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Foote is a former provincial politician and journalist for CBC in Newfoundland. She won her riding in the recent election with almost 82 per cent of the vote.

Chrystia Freeland (Ontario): International Trade

Chrystia Freeland, representing University-Rosedale, was first elected to the House of Commons in a byelection to succeed Bob Rae in the riding of Toronto Centre in 2013. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Freeland, one of seven cabinet ministers from the Greater Toronto Area, is a Rhodes Scholar who worked as a journalist and author. In her new post, Freeland will have to dive into active files like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Jane Philpott (Ontario): Health

Dr. Jane Philpott, MP for the Ontario riding of Markham-Stouffville, will step into the role of minister of health. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Philpott, a family doctor who also worked as an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, worked for years in Niger before returning to the Toronto area. Another rookie MP with a major portfolio, she will need to work closely with the provinces in her new role.

Philpott, who is married to a CBC Radio journalist Pep Philpott, founded Give A Day, which raises funds for people affected by HIV/AIDS.

Jean-Yves Duclos (Quebec): Families, Children and Social Development

Quebec City MP Jean-Yves Duclos is a renowned economics expert and most recently served as director of the department of economics at Laval University. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Duclos is an economics expert who was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Marc Garneau (Quebec): Transport

Marc Garneau, representing Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount, is best known for his former career as an astronaut. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

The first Canadian astronaut to fly in space and former head of the Canadian Space Agency will take the lead on the transport file. First elected in 2008, Garneau is one of six Quebec MPs in Trudeau's cabinet.

Marie-Claude Bibeau (Quebec): International Development and La francophonie

Marie-Claude Bibeau is MP for the Quebec riding of Compton-Stanstead. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Bibeau worked for the Canadian International Development Agency both in Canada and Africa before moving into political life. More recently she's co-owned a campground in Quebec.

Jim Carr (Manitoba): Natural Resources

MP Jim Carr represents Winnipeg South Centre. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Carr started his career as a professional oboist and later worked as a reporter and columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press and CBC Radio before shifting to provincial politics

Mélanie Joly (Quebec): Heritage

Ahuntsic-Cartierville MP Melanie Joly unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Montreal in 2013. Before making the move to politics, she was a lawyer. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

A lawyer and former public relations executive, Joly made a run for mayor in Montreal in 2013. She's also a Trudeau family friend.

Diane Lebouthillier (Quebec): National Revenue

Quebec MP Diane Lebouthillier was named to the national revenue portfolio. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Before entering politics, Lebouthillier spent more than 23 years working with the Rocher Percé Health and Social Services Centre and ran an outfitting business in Quebec. 

Kent Hehr (Alberta): Veterans Affairs and associate minister of national defence

Former Calgary member of the Alberta Legislature Kent Hehr will take over Veterans Affairs, which has been a complicated portfolio in recent years. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Hehr, who was born and raised in Calgary, worked as a lawyer and served as a member of the legislature before jumping to federal politics. One of two Liberal MPs who won seats in Calgary, Hehr was paralyzed after being hit in a drive-by shooting just before his 22nd birthday. 

Catherine McKenna (Ontario): Environment and Climate Change

Catherine McKenna is a lawyer who was worked in public policy, peacekeeping and international trade. (Geoff Robbins/Getty)

McKenna, co-founder of the non-profit Canadian Lawyers Abroad, beat longtime NDP MP Paul Dewar to represent the riding of Ottawa Centre. She will be in the spotlight at the upcoming Paris climate conference.

Harjit Sajjan (B.C.): National Defence

Harjit Sajjan is a former lieutenat-colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and a combat veteran. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Sajjan served as a soldier in Bosnia Herzegovina and during three separate deployments to Kandahar, Afghanistan. The MP for Vancouver South has also worked as a police officer.

He will be responsible for handling Trudeau's pledge to end the combat mission against ISIS.

MaryAnn Mihychuk (Manitoba): Employment Workforce Development and Labour

Mantioba Liberal MP MaryAnn Mihychuk, representing Kildonan-St. Paul, is a geoscientist and former member of the Manitoba Legislature. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Mihychuk, who was elected as part of Manitoba's NDP government in 1995, has a master's degree in geology. She's worked in the mineral industry and founded Women in Mining Canada.

Amarjeet Sohi (Alberta): Infrastructure and Communities

Amarjeet Sohi is a former Edmonton city councillor. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Sohi, who won his Edmonton seat by just 92 votes, will be responsible for infrastructure spending, which was a key pledge of the Liberal campaign.

Maryam Monsef (Ontario): Democratic Institutions

Ontario MP Maryam Monsef, representing Peterborough-Kawartha, will serve as minister of democratic institutions. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Monsef, the first Afghan-born MP, fled the country with her widowed mother  and two sisters during the early days of Taliban rule and came to Peterborough, Ont., in 1996 as refugees. The rookie MP is a community organizer who co-founded the Red Pashmina Campaign, which has raised over $150,000 for women and girls in Afghanistan.

Carla Qualtrough (B.C.): Sport, and Persons with Disabilities

Delta, B.C., MP Carla Qualtrough is a former Paralympian. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Qualtrough, a rookie MP, was born with a visual impairment who first gained prominence as a three-time Paralympic Games medallist in the sport of swimming. She is also the former president of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

Hunter Tootoo (Nunavut): Fisheries and Oceans, and Canadian Coast Guard

Tootoo served as a member of the Nunavut Legislature from 1999 to 2013. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Tootoo, a rookie MP, is Canada's second Inuk to be appointed as a senior federal cabinet minister. He served in Nunavut's Legislative Assembly from 1999 until 2013. As part of his duties, Tootoo will oversee sealing, a contentious issue in the Atlantic provinces and in Nunavut, where Inuit hunters have suffered due to the European Union's ban on seal products.

Kirsty Duncan (Ontario): Science

Kirsty Duncan, a scientist herself, will serve as the minister of science. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Duncan is a medical geographer who taught meteorology, climatology and climate change from 1993 to 2000. She later changed course, looking into the probability of a global flu crisis, and wrote about her experience in Hunting the 1918 Flu: One Scientist's Search for a Killer Virus.

Patricia Hajdu (Ontario): Status of Women

Patricia Hajdu was sworn in as the minister for the status of women. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Another rookie MP, Hajdu is the  former executive director of the Thunder Bay Shelter House. She has also chaired the Drug Awareness Committee of Thunder Bay and authored the city's drug strategy.

Bardish Chagger (Ontario): Small Business and Tourism

Bardish Chagger, who ran for the Liberals in the Waterloo riding in Ontario, will be one of 200 rookie MPs in the House of Commons. (Bardish Chagger campaign)

Chagger, who has a bachelor degree in science, is a rookie Waterloo MP. She was the former executive assistant to the Liberal MP who held the former Kitchener-Waterloo riding from 1993 to 2008.

Map shows the regional distribution of ministers in the cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (CBC)

With files from The Canadian Press