Canada's new liberal government, headed by Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau, was slated to be sworn in Wednesday morning in a ceremony at Ottawa's Rideau Hall. For the first time, the public was invited to the events and would be able to witness the arrival of Trudeau and other ministers, who are expected to comprise one of the more diverse cabinets in Canada's history, as they head into the hall for their swearing-in ceremony.
The formal ceremony was slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. local time and last for 90 minutes. Following the ceremony, Trudeau was scheduled to give a speech in front of Rideau Hall. You can watch a live stream of those events here.
At 1:30 p.m. EST, Trudeau was scheduled to host a Google Hangout with schoolchildren, which can reportedly be followed via the Prime Minister-designate's own YouTube channel. After that, the cabinet has been slated to hold its first meeting on Parliament Hill, Canada's CBC News reported.
Canada's Liberal Party, led by Trudeau, won 184 seats out of the 338 in Parliament during national elections held Oct. 19, pushing out Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose party won 99 seats. To form a majority government, 170 seats are needed.
— CBC Ottawa (@CBCOttawa) November 4, 2015
Many expect to see unprecedented diversity within Trudeau's cabinet, both in terms of ethnicity and gender. In June, Trudeau, a self-described feminist -- "I am a feminist and proud to be one," he said in French during his campaign -- said that half of his cabinet would be female if he was elected.
“It’s a message to Canadian women -- and young women in particular -- that this world is about you,” Jean Charest, former premier of Quebec, told Bloomberg, regarding Trudeau's pledge. “You have to move beyond the old boy’s network,” he added.
Trudeau's cabinet was also expected to be smaller than previous ones. He'd have fewer female MPs to choose from in forming his cabinet. Canada's house of commons is just 36 percent female. He is also required to choose a cabinet that is ethnically, regionally and linguistically diverse, to be representative of Canada's population. In the House of Commons, indigenous politicians hold just 3 percent of the seats, the Guardian has reported.