"Seventeen of 37 federal cabinet ministers received instructions to address some aspect of the climate crisis, and National Observer says Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson emerges as “an especially active and influential figure in cabinet,” in the long-awaited mandate letters published Friday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The list “includes ministers whose portfolios have traditionally overlapped with environmental concerns, such as the minister of natural resources and the minister of oceans and fisheries,” Observer writes. “But Trudeau is also challenging officials such as the minister of Canadian heritage, who will ‘work with national museums to increase Canadians’ awareness of climate change’ and work with Wilkinson on new legislation to regulate federally owned heritage lands.”
As Observer notes, Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault was a longtime climate and environmental campaigner before he ran for Trudeau’s Liberal Party in the downtown Montreal riding of Laurier-Sainte-Marie.
Observer lists Agriculture, Families, Finance, Foreign Affairs, Health, Infrastructure, Innovation, Intergovernmental Affairs, International Development, National Defence, Northern Affairs, Public Safety, and Transport as the other departments whose ministers will have a role on the climate file."