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Chrystia Freeland Is Finance Minister With A Socially Distanced Swearing-In Like No Other

This has been a rocky year in Canadian politics. Along with the government dealing with a global pandemic, a scandal involving a charitable organization has plagued the Prime Minister. A Trudeau cabinet shuffle took place in part to fill a recently vacated role.

The new cabinet positions were announced during a swearing-in ceremony held at Rideau Hall on August 18.

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Chrystia Freeland, Trudeau's Deputy Prime Minister, will be taking over as the new Minister of Finance following Bill Morneau's resignation. She will be serving in both positions simultaneously.

Morneau resigned his position officially on August 17, following investigations into the WE controversy.

This makes Freeland Canada's first female Minister of Finance.

Following her official swearing-in, Freeland shared some elbow bumps with Trudeau and Governor General Julie Payette, all of whom had their masks on for the indoor ceremony.

She even appeared to have some trouble getting her own mask back on after taking it off to speak.

There may not be anything more relatable in 2020 than trying to do anything while also dealing with covering your face.

Following Freeland, Dominic LeBlanc, the President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, was also given an additional title as the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.

LeBlanc also bumped elbows with Trudeau and Payette following his swearing-in.

The latest cabinet shakeup, which concluded quickly and did not include any additional remarks from the Prime Minister or Governor-General, comes in the wake of other parties calling for various members of the cabinet to resign.

Yves-Francois Blanchet of the Bloc Quebecois, has called for Trudeau himself to resign his position, among others.

In regards to Morneau stepping down from his role, Andrew Scheer said that this was "proof of government in chaos."

He went on to say that the government is using the former Finance Minister as a scapegoat, and that "As long as Trudeau is Prime Minister, the corruption will continue." 

Scheer himself also had his last day as leader of the Conservative party last week, taking the opportunity to throw more jabs at the Prime Minister.

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