As Justin Trudeau takes the Prime Minister’s office on November 4 and names his cabinet, many eyes are on the gender equality of the group of ministers that form his caucus. Trudeau promised an even division of men and women among his most-senior members of parliament. Of course, that’s an important goal, made even more noteworthy since we’re on the cusp of the 100th anniversary of when most women in Canada first gained the right to vote.
However, it sparked another question at Canadian Geographic HQ: how has geographic diversity within federal cabinets changed over time?
With that in mind, we prepared the following graph that summarizes the home province of the first named cabinet of each of the past nine federal governments, back to Pierre Trudeau’s first in 1968 (cabinets can be shuffled multiple times throughout a prime minister’s time in office. The data here reflects only the cabinet members that were named to each government’s cabinet at the beginning of the term).
The result mirrors the nation’s population centers: more people in the province, more cabinet ministers from that province. But they’re hardly regionally diverse across the country. Perhaps another goal for the future?
(Chart: Aaron Kylie/Datawrapper)