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Three Jews in Canada’s Cabinet

Jack Austin, a member of the Canadian Senate, was named yesterday by Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau to a Cabinet post in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle, raising to three the number of Jewish Cabinet members.

Austin, 49, was named Minister of State with special responsibility for western Canada. The other Jewish Cabinet members are Herbert Gray, for Industry, Trade and Commerce; and Bob Kaplain, Solicitor General.

Austin, born in western Canada, lived in Vancouver and was a senior civil servant in the previous Liberal government. Sources said Austin was known as an influential bureaucrat in the Canadian government.