Ministers of State are cabinet ministers — if the PM wants them to be
After a review of the Orders in Council published in the aftermath of the swearing-in of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new cabinet, some commentators discovered that, in fact, some ministers had been appointed as Ministers of State and concluded that therefore, these were not the “full cabinet ministers” the PM said they were.
While it’s true that, in technical terms, some ministers were appointed as Ministers of State under the Ministries and Ministers of State Act, the criticisms were wrong. They are “full cabinet ministers”.
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