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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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About the Authors

  • Maryantonett Flumian

    Maryantonett Flumian

    President

    As the President of the Institute on Governance, Maryantonett Flumian is responsible for the development of the Institute’s vision and strategic direction, project and partnership development, and the fostering of programs to promote public discussion of governance issues.

    She is a seasoned senior executive at the Deputy Minister level in the Canadian federal Public Service with more than 20 years of large-scale operational experience in the economic, social and federal/provincial domains. She is internationally recognized for her work as a transformational leader across many complex areas of public policy and administration such as labour markets, firearms, fisheries, and environmental issues. She was the first Deputy Minister of Service Canada. Her current research focuses on leadership, collaboration, governance, and the transformational potential of technology primarily in the area of citizen-centered services. Maryantonett was at the University of Ottawa between 2006 and 2009 initiating programming for the development of senior public service leaders.

    Maryantonett holds a Master’s Degree in History and completed comprehensive exams towards a PhD in History at the University of Ottawa.


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