November 04, 2015

"Real change"? Justin Trudeau's cabinet includes Chretien era veterans and "loopy" Carolyn Bennett

Brian LilleyArchive

Trudeau was elected on a promise of "real change," but who's on the list of cabinet ministers?

Ralph Goodale and Stephane Dion to name two political veterans who've been around since Justin was a kid.

John McCallum (who once used the phrase "old stock Canadian") is now heading up the newly renamed Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

Other familiar names?

The "loopy" Carolyn Bennett, Scott Brison and Marc Garneau, to name a few.

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commented 2015-11-05 07:00:38 -0500
Well everyone is prone to a mistake here and there, from time to time. The PM had to balance newbies with experienced talent. The PM deserves respect and time to learn about the job. Let’s wait for the throne speech on December 3rd, and how well he performs on his junkets around the world this month, especially to Turkey and to Paris for the climate talks. Next we can see what his first couple of budgets will bring us. Oh yes, I think that it will be today when we find out who the interim CPC leader will be. Those are the factors we should judge him by.
I understand your scepticism, I share some of it. But we should give Mr. Trudeau the benefit of the doubt and let him carry out his mandate that the people of Canada have graciously and lovingly gave him. Let us wish him success, not just for him, but for Canada.
commented 2015-11-05 03:23:38 -0500
Of course Pierre Trudeau is the favourite Prime Minister of all time on this web site. Justin Trudeau is number two.
The Rebel is a nominally conservative web site. In fact this site promotes a dialectic between “rightists” and “leftists” as though one might win out against the other.
Ezra Levant is trying to support a legitimate political discussion site. He needs advertising dollars to do it. Each of us supports this enterprise through our comments.
commented 2015-11-05 03:03:05 -0500
When it comes to the question of Canadians’ favourite prime minister, Pierre Trudeau — Justin’s father — is in a league of his own.

Earlier this week, Forum Research released the results of their survey that asked 1,525 randomly selected Canadians this question:

Which of the following was Canada’s best prime minister?

Pierre Trudeau 26 per cent
Stephen Harper 14 per cent
Jean Chretien 13 per cent
Lester Pearson 12 per cent
Brian Mulroney 8 per cent
Paul Martin 4 per cent
Joe Clark 3 per cent
Don’t know/someone else 21 per cent

Trudeau senior — one of the father’s of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms — is alone in top spot with more than a quarter of respondents choosing him as Canada’s greatest PM.

Then comes Stephen Harper and Jean Chretien at 14 per cent and 13 per cent respectively.

Harper’s support is undoubtedly buoyed by the fact that he’s the current prime minister and you’d have to think Chretien is helped by recent anniversary coverage of his decision not to send Canadian troops to Iraq.

Interestingly, when broken down by region, 27 per cent of Albertans think Harper is the greatest prime minister while only 7 per cent of Quebecers do.

Forum Research President Lorne Bozinoff commented on Pierre Trudeau’s enduring popularity.

“After all these years, he haunts us still” Bozinoff said in a press release accompanying the survey results.

“He may be the most controversial Prime Minister Canada has ever had, but he remains the standard by which others are judged.

“Pierre always gets the last pirouette.”

Who is Canada’s worst prime minister?

In September 2012, another pollster, Angus Reid, also asked Canadians about their opinions of Canada’s post 1968 prime ministers.

Again, Pierre Trudeau topped the best PM list.

Angus Reid, however, also asked respondents who the worst prime minister was.

Here’s that list:

Stephen Harper 26 per cent
Brian Mulroney 17 per cent
Pierre Trudeau 11 per cent
Jean Chretien 9 per cent
commented 2015-11-05 02:59:02 -0500

Harper had 10 years and a slew of reasons for Canadians to be unhappy with him. You are already acting like Trudeau has been in power for the same period of time – not his first day.
commented 2015-11-05 02:03:34 -0500
Drew, it was the right that demonized Harper. Let him rest in peace.
commented 2015-11-05 01:40:15 -0500
Jack Carter we are not like the left who demonized and lied and attacked Harper the whole time he was in power, if Justin does good then we will say so. So please spare us the previctimhood.
commented 2015-11-05 00:53:14 -0500
Only seven of thirty cabinet ministers come from west of Ontario. That greater representation than population.
Still, it is the most repreasentative cabinet in a long time, and Canadians should be proud.
commented 2015-11-05 00:52:23 -0500
Rod said, “Most people over 50 the west remember the devastation he caused and the name is still despised in many areas.”

I remember it clearly. I am still fuming mad at the Pierre Idiot Trudeau and probably will be until the day I die. His airhead son doesn’t even have half the intelligence, but will cause twice the damage to the West especially.
commented 2015-11-05 00:33:50 -0500
Robert …I beg to differ…Western Canadian aren’t too happy today…it’s a very black day when a Trudeau becomes leader of the country and doesn’t bode well for the region. Jr. only got 26 seats vs 54 for the cons…
There is no reason to think that the shining pony will be any different from his Anglophobic, anti American, champagne socialist that his dad was. Most people over 50 the west remember the devastation he caused and the name is still despised in many areas.
commented 2015-11-04 23:20:08 -0500
Yes, Brian Lilley points out that those who expected a whole new slate of ministers were disappointed. Ralph Goodale, John McCallum, Carolyn Bennet, and Stephane Dion have considerable experience in cabinet.
Of the newcomers, I am most impressed with Bill Morneau in Fiance and Harjit Sajjan in national Defence. Sajjan is a Lt. Col. and Regimental Commander and will bring back some respect for the military that was lost in the Harper years.
commented 2015-11-04 22:56:46 -0500
Jack Carter the goat raping idiot lefty moaned `People like you are going to complain about everything for the next 4 years and won’t give Trudeau credit for anything, even when he actually deserves it.’ – You mean like you did for Stephen Harper? I pray to Jesus Christ our Lord and and Savior and all the Saints that Trudeau does not destroy this Godly land my forefathers and their families carved out of the savage wilderness.
commented 2015-11-04 22:49:25 -0500
Holy Pharaoh’s Batfink! They must have prayed to Osiris to reanimate those disgusting relics. Dione, McCallum, Bennet and Goodale are some of the most vile demonic miscreants … and that is being generous. We are so screwed! It will be proof of miracles if they do not send Canada into the economic equivalent of Greece in one term. If we are not suffocating on sewage under a defacto `basic dictatorship’ in 4 years I will be happily surprised, I might even spring for fresh goats for Trudeau and his propaganda pushers he hired to drench this site with their musk.
commented 2015-11-04 22:09:59 -0500

People like you are going to complain about everything for the next 4 years and won’t give Trudeau credit for anything, even when he actually deserves it.

So I don’t think anyone (liberals and open minded conservatives) were expecting the Harper fan club to be happy today.
commented 2015-11-04 20:55:19 -0500
What is this about “Canadian Forces Pilot” Marc Garneau?
American astronauts tend to be fighter pilots, but Garneau was a weapons officer on a destroyer? That’s the Navy.
Also, you showed a picture of the wrong Sikh when you talked about the Defense Minister.
commented 2015-11-04 20:41:21 -0500
Jack Carter

Canadians are proud today and so far they are happy with Justin. What more do you want right now?

The bums and good for nothings might be happy, but real Canadians, definitely not.
commented 2015-11-04 20:21:02 -0500
@charles White; “Navdeep Baines…kind of like that he was from the ranks” The name you’re looking for here is Harjit Sajjan. He’s the Minister of Defence. Trust TheRebel not to be able to tell guys in turbans apart. I hear there’s 4 sikhs in the Cabinet btw.
commented 2015-11-04 20:17:31 -0500
Drew, it’s obvious you have no clue what I’m talking about. Question is, do you have any clue what YOU’RE talking about?
commented 2015-11-04 20:14:03 -0500

Canadians are proud today and so far they are happy with Justin. What more do you want right now?
commented 2015-11-04 19:51:14 -0500
Jack Carter can i hold you to your comment? Or will you be finding ways to blame Harper for everything Justin does?
commented 2015-11-04 19:50:04 -0500
Wayne Rebel look who is in charge IDIOT!
commented 2015-11-04 19:49:22 -0500
Charles White PM Garneau would sure have me less worried and far more optimistic than what we have.
commented 2015-11-04 19:48:31 -0500
Jack Carter internet fawning does not mean he is doing a good job. You really need to join us here in reality.
commented 2015-11-04 19:47:53 -0500
Wayne Rebel there is more to worry about than that.
commented 2015-11-04 19:43:55 -0500
Personally, my opinion is if Chretien is in charge, and Junior is just a front man, we are in better shape than we were for Daddy.

Being from Alberta, I think Goodale has been a good Western MP and like that he has a Senior post. Dion, like Lilley, I have always respected as a man of principle. McCallum was not bad as a Defense Minister, even my hard core right leaning WW2 vet Dad thought he was good. Garneau, if he had been leader like he should have been, would have received my vote as a logical 10 year change. Freeland helped Bill Browder expose the atrocities of the Putin Government; it will be interesting to see how Putin is treated now.

Brisson, no one can trust a turn-coat, because they are in it for themselves pure and simple. Speaking of being in it for themselves, MacCauley. Both have senior positions.

Navdeep Baines…kind of like that he was from the ranks. That would be good for the forces. However I think he was only appointed over Leslie for the colour of his skin and to include a Sikh presence in cabinet.

However, I think Chretien is in charge, which makes me more comfortable as a Conservative. Beats Junior anyday no matter how yesterday Chretien was. Maybe I liked Chretien because he was quarter Albertan and friends with Klein.
commented 2015-11-04 19:34:35 -0500
You managed to find 6 veteran MPs out of 30 to complain about… bravo. You’ve made a solid point here pal.

“Let’s hope they do well, but not so well they get re-elected” No no, let’s hope they don’t do too well, that would be good for the country. You don’t care what’s good for the country, you just want the blue team in power. Idiot.
commented 2015-11-04 19:28:50 -0500
Is it just me or did Trudeau give all the easy jobs to the women? Misogynist much there Hair Bear?
commented 2015-11-04 19:13:59 -0500
The train gets underway. Observers are advised to stay well back from the right of way at all times and especially where long curving track to the left is involved.
commented 2015-11-04 19:02:58 -0500
With some exceptions/people I would have preferred, this is a fantastic Cabinet. The response all the internet has been incredible supportive. Justin is proving the naysayers wrong already. Canadians are very proud today.
commented 2015-11-04 19:02:05 -0500
Jack Carter sorry but his advisors are old school. Even still i would take Chretin over Justin anyday.
commented 2015-11-04 19:00:06 -0500
Justin picked a couple of old school liberals. For the most part, this is all new blood.