APTN National News
OTTAWA — The plans may not be akin to a coronation, but Wednesday’s swearing in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa is moving in that direction.
Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau is expected to arrive at the Governor General’s official residence in a bus along with an up to 30-member cabinet for the swearing-in ceremony.
While the event is normally attended by an army of media, the public are openly being invited to attend the proceedings which will be broadcast on two outdoor screens on the grounds of Rideau Hall.
Members of the public who do wish to attend are encouraged to wear comfortable footwear and a map of where to go can be found here: Rideau Hall
According to Doug Cuthand in an article for APTN National News, First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples should pay special attention to this day.
At least two Indigenous Liberal MPs may have been chosen to join the new cabinet, according to a recent report.
Jody Wilson-Raybould, a former regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations and Crown prosecutor, and Hunter Tootoo, a former speaker in the Nunavut legislator, are expected to be handed cabinet portfolios.
Two other Indigneous MPs are also expected to play a role in the Liberal government.
Robert-Falcon Ouellette, who ran for mayor of Winnipeg but ended up knocking off NDP veteran Pat Martin and Yvonne Jones, who beat former Innu Conservative cabinet minister Peter Penashue in Labrador.