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Cabinet glass ceiling shattered as Chrystia Freeland named finance minister

BY , Aug 18, 2020 3:30 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland at a press conference. The Canadian Press

Canada has its first ever female finance minister.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland was sworn in this afternoon at Rideau Hall in a cabinet shuffle that also saw Dominic LeBlanc take over the intergovernmental affairs portfolio.

Prime Minister Trudeau usually hugs his cabinet ministers at such ceremonies, instead he gave Freeland and LeBlanc a congratulatory elbow bump.

Trudeau has asked Governor General Julie Payette to prorogue Parliament until September 23rd, two days after the House of Commons was initially to resume sitting.

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