After a major cabinet shuffle, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has a new look, but David Lametti will continue to serve as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
The Honourable David Lametti was first elected in 2015 as the Member of Parliament for LaSalle—Émard—Verdun. He has served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada since 2019.
As Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Lametti will continue to ensure that Canada’s efforts adhere to the Constitution and the rule of law, as well as Canada’s solid legal traditions. As Canada’s Attorney General, Lametti will uphold the Constitution, the rule of law, and the judiciary’s and prosecutor’s independence.
I want to thank Justin Trudeau for his trust. I am honoured to continue my duties as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, ready to work with the excellent team appointed today for a better, stronger Canada.
The Honourable David Lametti
Did you know? The new Cabinet consists of the Prime Minister and 38 ministers. In keeping with the precedent set in 2015, there is an equal number of women and men.
Lametti was the founding member for Centre for Intellectual Property Policy, has worked at notable institutions including McGill Faculty of Law. Lametti’s areas of interest are intellectual property, legal and political philosophy, common and civil law property and aboriginal title.
As the Minister of Justice, Lametti has the following priorities in his portfolio:
- Establish an independent Criminal Case Review Commission to expedite the review of applications by potentially wrongly convicted individuals.
- Prepare reform recommendations for Canada’s judicial governance and discipline system.
- Ensure that judges in Canada receive mandatory training on sexual assault law, including victim myths and stereotypes and the effects of trauma on victims’ memory; as well as unconscious prejudice and cultural competency.
- Provide additional support in reducing delays throughout the court system, including hiring of new Crown prosecutors and judges.
- To assist drug users in obtaining treatment and to prevent more serious offences, make drug treatment courts the default option for first-time nonviolent offenders charged solely with simple possession.
- Collaborate with the Minister of Seniors to develop a national definition of elder abuse, invest in improved data collecting and law enforcement efforts, and amend the Criminal Code to include additional offences and punishments.
- Introduce co-developed legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the end of 2020, with the assistance of the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations.
- Collaborate with provinces and territories to give survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence with free legal counsel and support.
- Collaborate with the Minister of Diversity, Inclusion, and Youth to change the Criminal Code to prohibit conversion therapy and to take additional necessary steps with provinces and territories to bring conversion therapy to an end in Canada.
- Develop legal remedies for hate speech victims.
- Collaborate with the Ministers of Diversity, Inclusion, and Youth, and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, to tackle online hate and harassment.
- Adopt all of the recommendations made by the Honourable Anne McLellan in her recent assessment of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada’s functions and structure.
- Conduct an expedient and inclusive process, with the cooperation of the Minister of Health, to work with provinces and territories to address the recent court judgment respecting the framework for medical assistance in dying.
- Continue to invest in resources to combat the rise of ideologically motivated violent extremism and terrorist organizations in collaboration with the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
- Collaborate with provinces and territories to build a Community Justice Center program that integrates courts with other vital social services.
- Assist the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness in carrying out our obligations on weapons policy.
- Collaborate with the Ministers of Finance, National Revenue, and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to continue developing new policies and legislation aimed at combating organized crime and gang activity in Canada, as well as money laundering.
- Continue to work on strengthening a relationship with Indigenous Peoples, notably by contributing to the development of the National Action Plan on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and by advancing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls for Action.
- Maintain Canada’s commitment to functional bilingualism among individuals appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.
- Collaborate with the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to coordinate efforts to prosecute terror suspects to the fullest degree permitted by law, including expediting the establishment of the Director of Terrorism Prosecutions.
Minister Lametti holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Laws from McGill University, a Master of Laws from the Yale Law School, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Law from Oxford University. He has taught or lectured in many of the world’s most well-known universities in French, English, and Italian.
The federal cabinet also includes:
- Chrystia Freeland, deputy prime minister and finance minister
- Marco Mendicino, minister of Public Safety
- Lawrence MacAulay, minister of Veterans Affairs and associate minister of National Defence
- Marc Miller, minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
- Carolyn Bennett, minister of Mental Health and Addictions and associate minister of Health
- Dominic LeBlanc, minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
- Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of Health
- Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of Agriculture and Agrifood
- Melanie Joly, minister of Foreign Affairs
- Diane Lebouthillier, minister of National Revenue
- Harjit Sajjan, minister of International Development and minister responsible for the Pacific Development Agency of Canada
- Carla Qualtrough, minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
- Pablo Rodriguez, minister of Canadian Heritage and Quebec lieutenant
- Patty Hajdu, minister of Indigenous Services and minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario
- Francois-Philippe Champagne, minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
- Karina Gould, minister of Families, Children and Social Development
- Ahmed Hussen, minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion
- Ginette Petipas Taylor, minister of Official Languages and minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
- Seamus O’Regan Jr., minister of Labour
- Bill Blair, president of the Queen’s Privy Council and minister of Emergency Preparedness
- Mary Ng, minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development
- Filomena Tassi, minister of Public Services and Procurement
- Joyce Murray, minister of Fisheries and Oceans
- Anita Anand, minister of Defence
- Mona Fortier, president of Treasury Board
- Dan Vandal, minister of Northern Affairs, minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development, and minister for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
- Omar Alghabra, minister of Transport
- Randy Boissonnault, minister of Tourism and associate minister of Finance
- Mark Holland, leader of the government in the House of Commons
- Gudie Hutchings, minister of Rural Economic Development
- Helena Jaczek, minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
- Marcie Ien, minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth
- Kamal Khera, minister of Seniors
- Pascale St-Onge, minister of Sport and minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.
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