Newspapers across Canada are mentioning newly elected Mount Royal M.P. Anthony Housefather as a possible cabinet contender in the Trudeau government. Here are some clippings.
The Montreal Gazette has listed Housefather as a cabinet contender:
Though a fresh face on the federal scene, Housefather, 45, is an old hand at politics.
He has been involved with the Liberals in Mount Royal since he was a teenager. He first won an election — for a Hampstead city council seat — in 1994 at age 24. Currently mayor of Côte-St-Luc, he is a former president of Alliance Quebec.
With two law degrees and an MBA under his belt, Housefather is also a champion swimmer, having won seven medals at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel.
Though a long shot for a cabinet spot, Housefather could sneak in as a reward for saving Mount Royal riding for the Liberals and managing to increase the party’s vote percentage.
The Conservatives threw everything they had at the riding, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper even launching his 2015 re-election campaign there. In the end, Housefather beat Conservative Robert Libman by 6,104 votes.
Ironically, the Gazette also posted a rather unflattering photo of Robert Libman under the banner “High Profile Losers.”
The former Equality Party MNA and ex-mayor of Côte-St-Luc put on a spirited campaign to unseat the Liberals in this fortress, which is about one third Jewish.
After an acrimonious campaign in which the Conservatives suggested Justin Trudeau was not a strong defender of Israel, Libman mustered 18,213 votes (38 per cent).
But it wasn’t enough. Liberal Anthony Housefather was chosen by 24,317 voters (just over 50 per cent, an increase over the 41 per cent obtained by retiring Liberal MP Irwin Cotler in 2011).
It’s the second high-profile failure for the Conservatives in Mount Royal. In the last election, Conservative Saulie Zajdel also ended in second place.
Radio-Canada also mentioned Housefather as a possible new entry into a cabinet post.
The Kelowna Daily Courier lists Housefather’s name under the headline: “Embarrassment of riches: plenty of cabinet material in Trudeau’s new caucus.”
The National Post says Housefather is one to watch for consideration in cabinet.
I am holding out hope (and sending a message to PM-Elect Justin Trudeau) that Anthony will be named a cabinet minister, or junior minister, possibly overseeing Sports across Canada.
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