“Stop showing off, Canada. You’re embarrassing us.”


Update: Mélanie Joly, Canada’s new Minister of Canadian Heritage, is one of the 16 cabinet ministers who skipped “So Help Me God.”


“Stop showing off, Canada. You’re embarrassing us,” are the final sentences of Hemant Mehta’s post “Half of the New Canadian Cabinet Members Chose to Skip ‘So Help Me God’ in Their Oaths of Office“:

 Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General

Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board

Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

Maryann Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Maryam Monsef , Minister of Democratic Institutions

Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Patricia Hajdu, Minister for the Status of Women

Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and Canadian Coast Guard

Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism

Thank you Hemant Mehta for providing the information for this post.

Note: A Canadian Atheist commenter sent me an email yesterday. His count for the number of ministers who skipped “So Help Me God” is 16.

CFIC Update: Attacks on Bangladeshi Atheists and Secularists

In an urgent post on its website, Centre for Inquiry Canada informed its members and supporters that “CFIC Implores the Canadian Government To Help Tareq Rahim“: On October 31, 2015, religious fanatics in Bangladesh continued attacks on atheist and secularist bloggers. In the attack, Faisal Abedin Deepan, Avijit Roy’s publisher, … Continue reading

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