Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today appointed his first cabinet and the new Minister of Transport will be Marc Garneau, who is well-known to Canadians as this country’s first man in space.
In addition to being an astronaut he was an officer in the Canadian Navy and an engineer. He has served as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Westmount-Ville-Marie since 2008. In opposition he served as Liberal critic for Industry, Science and Technology, Foreign Affairs and International Trade and Natural Resources. His is a Companion of the Order of Canada.
Other key cabinet postings include:
• Bill Morneau, Finance (Ontario)
• Ralph Goodale, Public Safety (Saskatchewan)
• Chrystia Freeland, International Trade (Ontario)
• Catherine McKenna, Environment and Climate Change (Ontario)
• Amarjeet Sohi, Infrastructure (Alberta)
• MaryAnn Mihychuck, Employment, Workforce Development and Labour (Manitoba) – a new combined department.
• James Carr, Natural Resources (Manitoba)
CTA looks forward to meeting with Garneau and briefing him on the progress being made on important trucking issues such as mandatory electronic logging devices. CTA and the provincial associations will be engaging many of these ministers to discuss the role their departments concerning the prevailing truck transportation issues and will update members accordingly.