MULRONEY CABINET SIZE

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A Morbidly Obese Cabinet With A Singular Focus: The 2015 Election

With the addition of the Honourable Erin O'Toole as the Minister of Veterans' Affairs, the current federal cabinet has ballooned to 40 members, tying the largest cabinet in Canadian history--that of also "conservative" Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney. The necessity of a federal cabinet ballooning to 40 members is unclear to me. The United States, a country with a population almost nine times that of Canada, seems to get by with a trim assemblage of 16 cabinet secretaries. Current cabinets serve only political purposes. At 40 members, it is simply too large and cumbersome to be a deliberative body.