What Trudeau’s committees tell us about his government
Sir John A. Macdonald once listed his profession as “cabinet maker” — a light-hearted recognition of the fact that putting a cabinet together is the defining responsibility of a prime minister.
And it’s not just a matter of picking the people who make up a cabinet. Through the configuration of their portfolios and the departments that comprise them, the structure of the House committees and the decision-making processes itself, the PM sets the tone of his government, signals its priorities and determines how effectively they will be accomplished.
So we may infer a great deal from the cabinet that accompanied Prime Minister Justin Trudeau up the walkway to Rideau Hall Wednesday morning — and not only from his vow that ‘government by cabinet’ is back.
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