Justin Trudeau faces a daunting task in building his cabinet, and with expectations and hopes already mounting, the job won't be easy.
The deadline for his project is Wednesday (Nov. 4), when he'll be officially sworn in as the country's new leader. Only then will Canada see his cabinet.
The Liberals have done an excellent job at preventing any substantive leaks of the cabinet's details, and Trudeau's process has largely been kept away from prying media eyes. To better understand that process, however, we can take a look at the materials considered crucial for a prime minister's cabinet:
A no-brainer. Prime ministers' cabinets are usually built with plywood, so we already know the main element in Trudeau's project. It's not the prettiest of materials, but it's meant to indicate the overall aesthetics of the cabinet are less worthy of admiration than its contents.
As to the specific type of plywood, we can only speculate as to whether it'll be 3-ply or 5-ply. Trudeau has also said he will have a smaller cabinet than Stephen Harper, so a saw will be needed to cut down the materials.
2) Screws and nails
Trudeau had a strong team behind his campaign, and that firepower is expected to shine once again in the cabinet. A good set of screws and nails is crucial to hold whatever goes in the cabinet, be it cans of pasta sauce or jars of legal, sticky, stinky marijuana.
3) A red hammer
Even if his cabinet was built with the right materials, Trudeau cannot shy away from using necessary force to keep everything solid and sturdy. A red hammer should do the trick.
4) A drill, preferably cordless (It's 2015, after all!)
Efficiency is the name of the game when it comes to cabinet building, and a cordless drill can make Trudeau's task at least five times easier.
Conservative insiders say Harper's cabinet began to fall apart toward the tail-end of his mandate because no glue was used in its construction, leaving its panels prone to coming apart over time. No matter how strong the foundation of Trudeau's cabinet or how secure it seems at first, it would be a wise long-term move to use glue to hold the panels together.
Self-explanatory, really. Who wouldn't use these?
7) Finally, the most important part of building a cabinet: safety
Trudeau must exhibit extreme caution when building his cabinet, and it's not just because the saw is sharp or the nails are pointy. It's a profound project, one that will set an example to all Canadians who are also building a cabinet for their kitchen or garage or because their son Jason all of a sudden just needs extra space for all the huge cases of protein powder he's buying off Amazon. Supplements won't help you, Jason. You don't even go to the gym.
Trudeau's got one hell of a job ahead of him, but with the right materials and the know-how, we expect to see one hell of a cabinet on Wednesday.
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