This past federal election was a landmark for the Canadian Muslim community with:
The Federal Election was held on October 19th, 2015. The Liberal Party of Canada won a total of 184 electoral seats to form the next government. Since the Liberal Party secured enough seats to form a majority government, their mandate will be for the next four years.
The first session of the current Parliament was held on December 3rd, 2015. The first order of business for all Members of Parliament is to elect a Speaker of the House. The Speaker is responsible for facilitating order during Question Period. The Liberal Member of Parliament representing Halifax West, Geoff Regan, is the newly elected Speaker of the House for the 42nd Parliament.
On December 4th, 2015, the Prime Minister laid out the key priorities for his newly elected government through the Speech from the Throne. The speech is read by the Queen’s representative in Canada, the governor general. Please click here on the following link to learn how this process works.
The priorities laid out in the Throne Speech have been divided into 5 key themes:
One of the first responsibilities of the newly elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, was to appoint a Cabinet to help govern the country. The Cabinet appointments included Canada’s first ever Muslim Cabinet minister, Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions. Please click here to learn more about the appointed Cabinet Ministers and which portfolios they are responsible for.
The Prime Minister also lays out the key priorities for each Cabinet Minister over the next four years. This comes in the form of a mandate letter and is available to public here.
The summaries below are highlights of the key commitments the Prime Minister of Canada expect his Ministers to deliver on during their mandate. No additional analysis has been provided by the Canadian Muslim Vote. The mandate letters selected for review are reflective of the issues most important to the Canadian Muslim community as indicated in our online survey.