Justin Trudeau holds first press conference as prime minister-designate

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks to media during a break at the federal Liberal summer caucus meeting in Edmonton on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks to media during a break at the federal Liberal summer caucus meeting in Edmonton on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

 

Justin Trudeau says his first priority is to name his new cabinet as soon as possible, with an announcement date set for November 4th.  Trudeau held his first press conference as Prime Minister of Canada today in Ottawa, and spoke in a packed room of reporters.  He added that the new cabinet will be smaller than the one’s before it but will also be equally represented by men and women as he had promised in his campaign.

The Liberal Leader went on to say he had spoken to U.S. President Barack Obama earlier today over the phone where they touched on Canada’s involvement in the air war against the Islamic State.  He said that President Obama understood the commitment he had made in his election to withdraw from the bombing mission in the region and congratulated him on the win.

And it seems like political talk wasn’t all they discussed:

And Obama wasn’t the only world leader to congratulate the prime minister-designate today: