Swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on March 1, 2019.
Thank you to Justin Trudeau, for appointing me as the Minister for International Development and to Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, for her remarkable stewardship of this file. Most importantly, thank you to the people of Peterborough-Kawartha for providing me with this opportunity. At all times, in all of my work here in Ottawa, I carry the people of my riding with me.
I’m excited to take on these new responsibilities, especially because they so meaningfully complement the work I’ve been doing as Minister for Women and Gender Equality. I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Minister Bibeau on issues touching women’s equality in Canada and abroad, and I am also deeply proud to see her achieving another gender equality first, as she becomes the first woman to serve as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-foods.
The advancement of women’s equality continues to be a whole-of-government priority. When women thrive, whether here in Canada or abroad, we improve prosperity, peace and security for everyone. Between our Feminist International Assistance Policy, the strides we’ve made on equal pay for work of equal value, supporting women’s entrepreneurship, and action to combat gender-based violence, I look forward to building on this momentum and driving this agenda forward with all our energy.