On November 20th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced members of the Cabinet, including Steven Guilbeault (MP for Laurier – Sainte-Marie).
Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage
A long-time environmental activist with a high profile in Quebec, the co-founder of the organization Équiterre brings decades of experience as a campaigner for climate action to the Trudeau cabinet. Elected in the Montreal riding of Laurier-Sainte-Marie, Guilbeault has not been shy about his opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which puts him at odds with the government he is now joining. In their last mandate, the Liberals twice approved the project over opposition from Indigenous people and environmentalists, and bought the existing oil pipeline to save the expansion from being dropped by its former owners.
Guilbeault will be responsible for the federal government’s role in supporting and regulating Canada’s creative and cultural industries, including broadcasting and other media. He will also shepherd in a new 3 per cent income tax on large global tech giants like Facebook and Google, which the Liberals promised during the election campaign. The Parliamentary Budget Officer estimated — albeit with “high uncertainty — that the new tax could reap $540 million in the 2020-21 fiscal year alone.