November 02, 2015

Trudeau getting ready to unveil his cabinet based on quota, not merit

Brian LilleyArchive

Trudeau is getting ready to unveil his twenty-eight person cabinet which will be carefully put together to achieve regional, ethnic, linguistic and gender balance.

It seems that when it comes to picking a cabinet these days, the one missing ingredient is merit.

Isn't it fair to ask what kind of talent we might be missing out on, whether male or female, when we don't put merit at the top of the list of requirements?


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commented 2015-11-07 00:14:18 -0500
A cabinet that people are delighted about.
commented 2015-11-04 12:24:27 -0500
Well now, the JT cabinet has been revealed and I would swear that it resembles what an NDP government cabinet would consist of. Maryann Mihychuk did get a cabinet post but wasn’t in her area of Natural Resources. Lots of inexperienced people and Marc Garneau, former astronaut, is Minister of Transport…Fly us to the Moon , man! At least our new Defense Minister has military and police experience, but will that beard and turban get in the way? Just a joke folks, the Liberal trolls here need not burn my at the cross as a racist! Well, JT did get lots of women and some of them young and attractive, sort of for liberals. Let’s hope JT doesn’t follow PET’s womanizing ways. Strike that, I couldn’t give a crap what women of the nation are in his bedroom as PET said we have no business there. Good luck to us all over the next four years!
commented 2015-11-04 06:30:42 -0500
Are you suggesting that my comment suggested that?
commented 2015-11-03 20:08:06 -0500

Are you suggesting that women are stupid and just voted for a hot guy?
commented 2015-11-03 16:57:17 -0500
I think Trudeau should staff his cabinet to represent his voters rather than the population. In that case his cabinet would be full of women. After all, I just can’t see a man voting for him.
commented 2015-11-03 13:51:14 -0500

I would prefer a younger/new generation take over on both sides. Having said that, older white men from the West or Republican are not forward thinking. It’s not an excuse – it’s just the reality of the situation.
commented 2015-11-03 13:37:50 -0500
Now that the Liberals are here, as a geologist, I sincerely hope that JT will appoint MaryAnn Mihychuk as Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources as she is actually a former Minister of Mines from Manitoba and is actually an experienced mineral exploration geologist holding her Professional Geoscientist credentials. It would be nice to have someone in that cabinet position who actually knows what a rock is.
commented 2015-11-03 13:34:39 -0500
Canada for decades now has been the top choice for immigrants worldwide. It is because they believe that Canada is a land of the free with plenty of great social services like public health care, pensions, welfare and plenty of opportunity for those who seek to improve their lot through higher education and by establishing new business ventures. Now, let’s go back many, many decades to the start of this wonderful democracy of Canada and its parliament filled with a bunch of white, anglo-protestant and French Quebecois catholic members of parliament. What no other diversities here?…sorry not back then. But wait a minute, it must have been these crusty, old white men who made Canada such a great country. Perhaps, we should respect these men, despite probably many shortcomings, who actually made Canada great. Let us hope that going forward that the new young, vibrant, multi-racial, multi-sexed and religioned members of parliament can continue to improve Canada and not degrade what these crusty old white men left for us.
commented 2015-11-03 13:00:10 -0500
Jack Carter commented 15 hours ago
I am also tired of old, crusty, white guys running my government – they tend to be very archaic in their thinking.
Certainly young Canadians and Americans can’t wait for these people to die, so that a younger and more forward thinking generation can finally take over.

Wait a minute, so an older white guy from out west is not acceptable but a younger white guy from Quebec is? What of the crusty old white guys that are part of Trudeau’s backroom think-tank do they count since they helped Trudeau get elected? Oh wait, sorry they don’t count because they are Liberal.
commented 2015-11-03 12:04:32 -0500
I think Justice forget the transgender ,gender confused ,and the whole LGBETCETC group.
commented 2015-11-03 10:58:11 -0500
I suspect JT will include one of his Chinese agents in Cabinet to aid the sale of Canadian resources to Chinese globalists. Oh an we have our first Librano nepotism scandal before the yung Dauphin is even sworn in:
Shuttle through to 27min and listen in to the scandal the media and elections Canada spiked until after the election.
commented 2015-11-03 10:34:45 -0500
DREW WAKARIUK, it’s very difficult to take anything you say seriously when most of your comments are, instead of actually debating, just personal attacks and lies. If you disagree with what I say, please, offer a countering opinion, but if you’re just going to throw a temper tantrum, perhaps it’s best that you just ignore me. Thanks.
commented 2015-11-03 10:27:39 -0500
Haha, TIMMY DASILVA, I feel like Justin Trudeau now that you’ve stalked me and lied about me in public. Thanks bro!
commented 2015-11-03 08:49:33 -0500
Kelly Zak is a high school educated, stand up paddle board instructor. I guess that makes him more qualified to be Prime Minister than Trudeau. Zak the man-child has a crush on Trudeau the man-child
commented 2015-11-03 02:57:26 -0500
Kelly Zak Islam is not a race you fool, i hate the white guys who go over to fight with Isis as well. But of course you cannot wrap your pointy head around that. Now go hate Jews like a good Liberal.
commented 2015-11-03 02:55:57 -0500
Jessica Murray sorry but being picked for their gender does not make them qualified. And equality means equality , not special rights.
commented 2015-11-03 02:53:08 -0500
Kelly Zak what makes someone elses beliefs better? You are one pathetic idiot.
commented 2015-11-03 02:52:16 -0500
Kelly Zak the same old white guys that ran it when Chretin was in power will be running it again and the conservatives had more diverse people in their cabinet as well moron. Now go worship the party that picked yet another white guy from
Quebec as their leader, so diverse LMAO
commented 2015-11-03 01:12:35 -0500
It doesn’t make a lot of difference who was elected or which party has what standing because the bureaucracy is still the same and will still do whatever they can get away with backed by the mainstream media, unions and activist judges. A purple elephant from Neptune could be the leader of the galactic pachyderm party becoming PM and the bureaucracy would just arrange for more sturdy chairs, then carry on as usual. If you think the boy prince will change your life then you need clinical help, real world education or medication. The only one you can trust to change your life is “the (wo)man in the mirror”.
commented 2015-11-03 00:51:05 -0500
Well argued Jessica Murray… But does “gender equality” in the new Liberal then reflect the number of women who were elected, or actually ran for office? It seems an “artificial construct” in that 30 per cent of those elected are going to hold 50 per cent of the seats of power “just because women remain underrepresented”?… So, perhaps after all it’s not real “gender equality” but “somebody” deliberately tipping the scales?…
commented 2015-11-03 00:36:52 -0500
Oh come on, no room in the cabinet reserved for transgendered people? I’m disappointed.
commented 2015-11-03 00:35:02 -0500
JESSICA MURRAY, you are far too intelligent and you write with too much logic and fact for this dumbass website.
commented 2015-11-02 23:18:36 -0500
this argument is rooted in the idea that ensuring gender parity necessarily implies that unqualified people will be put into cabinet. i’m using that language for the reason that the idea of “most qualified” is impossible to define. for each portfolio, you’re going to have a handful of qualified people and it’s never going to be clear which is one is best qualified, or even to convincingly define why one is better qualified than the next.

that said, you have to understand the history of this. it goes back to the chretien years, where carolyn bennett was on the brink of organizing a caucus revolt over the lack of female representation in cabinet – and this is one of the reasons (there are a couple of others) why it’s clear that she’s really a lock on a cabinet position, despite some media suggesting otherwise. she won this argument. but, here’s the twist: did chretien have the advantage of having sufficiently many qualified women to allow for gender parity? it’s questionable. not clearly false, but questionable. it is, however, clear that he didn’t have a sufficient number of women with cabinet experience, but this is of course self-perpetuating.

that was twenty years ago, and it’s less that social attitudes have changed dramatically since then and more that a generation of women raised with different opportunities has presented a different caucus.

of the 50 women that have been elected, it’s not going to be hard to find plenty that have no business being discussed as potential cabinet material. but, it’s likewise not hard to find 14 that are no less qualified than any male alternative.

one could tenuously argue that this is somewhat unfair to qualified male mps and take the perspective that, rather than strict parity, it should be proportional to the number of elected female mps. but, the idea is for the cabinet to be representative of the general public, rather than representative of the caucus. further, it’s ignoring the fact that women remain underrepresented in parliament. part of the reasoning underlying this is to act as an incentive for greater female involvement.

but, the idea that gender parity is going to put unqualified people in cabinet? it may have been true in 1995, but it’s simply disingenuous in 2015.
commented 2015-11-02 23:13:57 -0500
I hope that he will use His brain even if it is small in running this country. i hope damages will not be that big!
commented 2015-11-02 23:05:18 -0500
For those that applaud this action by the new slammer trudope remember this when the time comes – you call anyone who is against this mismanagement all sorts of names – however you live in a country that is admired by the rest of the world – and that is because those “old farts” might not have always been right – but for the most part you enjoy the life and freedoms you have today because of them.

If and when they are gone – and you are unable to heat your home because of cost and you are unemployed because of mismanagement – you only have to go and look in the mirror to see who to blame.

Time will tell – but so far I have seen what “hope and change” did to the US of A.

Do not think it cannot happen here.
commented 2015-11-02 22:57:57 -0500
Political correctness from the Liberals What else did you expect. This is just the start. Better get used to it because there will be 4 more years of this madness.
commented 2015-11-02 22:29:20 -0500
If you don’t choose by talent and ability your going to have a clumsy mistaken ridden team – just watch, this is like choosing your hockey team because they are big – then finding out they cannot skate!
commented 2015-11-02 22:20:48 -0500
It won’t matter who gets what portfolio. Being a just and fair group, he will just shuffle them around every 4 -6 months so that everybody gets a chance (to F**K things up). And nobody gets to keep score.