By Paul Vieira
OTTAWA--Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday he would appoint a new cabinet Oct. 26 and call back the country's legislature for work starting Nov. 22, following his Liberal Party's third straight win in parliamentary elections last month.
In a statement, Mr. Trudeau reiterated that Chrystia Freeland would keep her job as Finance Minister and deputy prime minister. Mr. Trudeau said his administration would outline its immediate policy agenda in a traditional speech to parliament Nov. 22. That speech, he said, "will lay out the government's progressive plan to finish the fight against Covid-19 and build a better future for everyone."
Mr. Trudeau said some agenda items include the introduction of a country-wide subsidized child care plan, addressing deteriorating home-ownership affordability, and implementing more aggressive measures to deal with climate change. This month, Mr. Trudeau introduced measures promised during the election campaign to compel roughly 300,000 government employees to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19, and require passengers boarding planes and trains to be vaccinated as a requirement of travel.
The Trudeau-led Liberal Party won the most seats in parliament in a Sept. 20 election, however fell short of a majority. As a result, the Liberals will need to rely on at least one other party--most likely the left-leaning New Democratic Party-to ensure passage of legislation and maintain power in the country's parliament.
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