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Blogger Thoughts-Pensées considers the apparent dream team that is the current Canadian cabinet:

Minister of Health is a doctor. Minister of Transport is an astronaut. Minister of National Defense is a Sikh Veteran. Minister of Youth is under the age of 45. Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is a former farmer. Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness was a Scout. Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development was a financial analyst. Minister of Finance is a successful businessman. Minister of Justice was a crown prosecutor and is a First Nations leader. Minister of Sport, and Persons with Disabilities is a visually impaired Paralympian. Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and Canadian Coastguard is Inuit. Minister of Science is a medical geographer with a PhD. Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees was an Immigration critic. There are scientists in the cabinet, and it is made up of 50% women.

And the icing on the cake?

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Via Lydia Chrabieh

(H/T: john Gallen)

50 thoughts on “Oh Canada

  1. Jimmee

    Having a farmer as a Minister for Agriculture or a teacher as a Minister for Education isn’t something to be necessarily shouting about. They’ll only know how to change the system for the betterment of their industry mates.

    1. AlisonT

      Totally agree, it is generally a bad idea as they have too many friends who will be affected by reforms. Just because someone knows how to drive it doesn’t make them a mechanic.

      1. meadowlark

        O’Reilly and Varadkar are two examples. Professional knowledge of the sector does not automatically make one qualified to run a government dept.

    2. Clampers Outside!

      Depends on the farmer, his farming experience, the size of the business he runs etc…. they’re not all Healy-Raes ya know. Some have more business experience than most of our Ministers who went straight from college to politics.

      Basically, you should qualify the comment before disqualifying all farmers. My tuppence.

      1. Jimmee

        It is a qualified comment, that’s why I said “isn’t something to be necessarily shouting about”.

  2. Jake38

    I thought all politicians were primary school teachers on indefinite do-nothing leave? What strange country is this Canada you speak of?

    1. David

      “a doctor as minister for health”

      – or these days maybe a person who eats well, exercises a reasonable amount and stays slim.

  3. milkteeth

    Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness was a Scout. Yes, that certainly makes them qualified… Also surly the Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Minister for Finance should swap roles?

      1. manolo

        But teachers are great power people. Years in the classroom telling kids that it is their way or no way translates very well into politics.

  4. Angry albert

    His father was prime minister. This is dynastic politics and something Canadians should be ashamed of.

  5. Advertising On Police Cars

    He was the Anti-Harper Candidate so hence the majority…he also is legalising The HERB

    1. J

      Nothing more onerous a commitment than that of self-glorification . Happy he declined. I love a bit of comedy on a wet Monday morn.

  6. Punches Pilot

    Friend of mine went to Uni with Trudeau. He spoke a lot …… often ……. liked himself. Fancied himself.
    Mind you she said she figured he’d go nowhere. Now.

  7. rotide

    Obligatory ‘Imagine that PM was a woman and we were comparing her to a disney princess and judging her on her looks’ comment.

          1. MoyestWithExcitement

            I dunno. There’s a bit of merit to it but is racially abusing a black guy in a white country the same as racially abusing a white guy in a white country? It’s not, is it.

  8. is in the air

    Ben Carson is a retired neurosurgeon, Donald Trump is a successful businessman, and Jeb Bush is a son and brother of a former president. Don’t be afraid.

    1. stephen

      Actually Donald Trump isn’t that successful a business man, he had a rich daddy.
      Apparently if he had taken his inheritance and invested and invested it in something like the NASDAQ 100 or other similar wide ranging portfolio he would be worth multiples of what is he is now, so he may in fact be quite a bad business man.

      1. is in the air

        Check this out, he has the same kind of thinking as you on this:
        https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/09/03/if-donald-trump-followed-this-really-basic-advice-hed-be-a-lot-richer/
        … He is a billionaire today despite this poor performance because when he started his career, his father had already built a colossal real-estate empire. And the wealth Donald Trump has accumulated since then has at times come at the expense of taxpayers or the banks and investors who have lent him money.

  9. mike

    I suppose Justin Bieber would be a good candidate as Minister for Arts, Culture and Gaeltacht. Or Jim Carrey, or Celine Dion.

  10. han solo's carbonite dream

    it looks to forced to have the most inclusive and PC friendly cabinet he can.
    Gender quotas and all that lark – Micky Martin must be puking in envy.

    as noted above having a farmer in argiculture etc…isn’t always the best thing..

  11. Kieran NYC

    Syriza are going to get jealous Mercille has a new government to fawn over. One that won’t break his heart by facing up to reality… just yet.

  12. Frilly Keane

    G’luck trying ta’ manage that many experts

    That PM might be as pretty as Beckam
    But getting that many heads from that wide range of professions to even share the tea break bikkies will be a chore that’ll turn him Cowen

  13. Paolo

    I hope the Government reverses the frightening lurch to the right that has happened in Canada recently but making a bunch of token appointments will not necessarily achieve that.

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