New cabinet sees addition of new words to ministers' titles
The new cabinet sworn in Wednesday included some new job titles, which sparked plenty of reaction on Twitter.
The addition of 'climate change' and 'refugees' got the most attention.
Minister of Immigration, Citizenship AND REFUGEES. Minister of Environment AND CLIMATE CHANGE. Words, people. Important words.—@melle
Immigration groups happy to see "refugee" , added to title Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship - John McCallum <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cdnpoli?src=hash">#cdnpoli</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbc?src=hash">#cbc</a>—@OrmistonOnline
Canada now has a Minister of Environment & Climate Change. "Climate Change" is IN HER OFFICIAL TITLE. That's powerful! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SwearingIn?src=hash">#SwearingIn</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/pm23?src=hash">#pm23</a>—@whoissuresh
Minister of Environment AND Climate Change <a href="https://t.co/xE9DUQ8iSz">pic.twitter.com/xE9DUQ8iSz</a>—@Yad_FPEnergy
We (Canada) now have a Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Didn't think I could be impressed just by the name of a ministry - wrong!—@StephenBHeard
Words matter. Minister of Environment and Climate Change. *dances the dance of small victories*—@deantiquate
The title of one minister reflected a shift in preferred language from 'aboriginal' to 'indigenous.'
So, what do you all think of the name change? Indigenous and Northern Affairs - no more Aboriginal Affairs.—@connie_walker
<a href="https://twitter.com/connie_walker">@connie_walker</a> Symbolically important. Preferred term among most people I know. Shift from Harper years. Real test is what they do with it.—@jessekbutler
<a href="https://twitter.com/connie_walker">@connie_walker</a> anishinabe people never liked the term 'Aboriginal' Indigenous is a much better term that encapsulates us as a people.—@4everMarvelous
Not everyone welcomed the change, though.
<a href="https://twitter.com/connie_walker">@connie_walker</a> my only concern is that the acronym is back to being INAC which has a profoundly negative legacy in most communities.—@LoisLowe_
"Indigenous and Northern Affairs." *groaaaaan*—@Khelsilem
Well at least we're back to calling it INAC. Feels nostalgic really. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IndigenousandNorthAffairsCanada?src=hash">#IndigenousandNorthAffairsCanada</a>—@Khelsilem
The cabinet also included a new post: minister of science.
A brand new portfolio has been created: Canada now has a Ministry of Science. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PM23?src=hash">#PM23</a> <a href="https://t.co/R4ilZqPWpX">pic.twitter.com/R4ilZqPWpX</a>—@BuzzFeedCanada
Some were left confused by the change.
We now have a minister of science. Was that really necessary?—@scowen13
Odd that there's a minister of "Innovation, Science and Economic Development" and then a separate minister of "Science" <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/trudeaucabinet?src=hash">#trudeaucabinet</a>—@dylan_reid
Meanwhile, we have two ministers of with “Science” in their job titles. Which one will be the real Science minister?—@pdmcleod
The minister of innovation, science and economic development has traditionally been known as the minister of industry.
Stephen Taylor, a conservative political consultant, wasn't impressed by the change.
Industry Canada is now "Innovation Canada"? There's nothing government does better than innovate, to be sure.—@stephen_taylor
Others were happy to see lots of science.
It's great that Trudeau's cabinet has both a Minister of Innovation, Science & Economic Development and a Minister of Science. Go science!—@peternowak
And even a scientist.
The new minister of science is a scientist. She may, perhaps, accept evolution. Or even understand it. Radical. <a href="https://t.co/D3jrF0HLym">https://t.co/D3jrF0HLym</a>—@dgardner