Toronto MP Ahmed Hussen is the new immigration minister, Chrystia Freeland is the new Foreign Affairs Minister (update)
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AHMED Hussen, MP for York South-Weston, and a Member of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, is the new Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, while Chrystia Freeland, currently Minister of International Trade, becomes Minister of Foreign Affairs, and retains the Canada-U.S. relations file, including trade relations.
Hussen replaces John McCallum, while Freeland replaces Stephane Dion.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement on Tuesday in Ottawa.
Hussen, a lawyer and social activist, was born and raised in Somalia. He immigrated to Canada in 1993 and settled in Toronto.
Ahmed currently serves as the National President of the Canadian Somali Congress – a Somali community organization that works with national and regional authorities to advocate on issues of importance to Canadians of Somali heritage and strengthen civic engagement and integration.
Ahmed is fluent in English, Somali, and Swahili, and earned his B.A (History) from York University and his Law Degree from the University of Ottawa. In 2004, the Toronto Star recognized him as one of 10 individuals in Toronto to have made substantial contributions to the community.
* Maryam Monsef, currently Minister of Democratic Institutions, becomes Minister of Status of Women.
* Patricia A. Hajdu, currently Minister of Status of Women, becomes Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. She replaces MaryAnn Mihychuk.
* François-Philippe Champagne, currently Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, becomes Minister of International Trade.
* Karina Gould
, currently Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, becomes Minister of Democratic Institutions.
TRUDEAU said that Dion “has served his country in many different roles over the last 21 years with integrity and a fierce love of Canada. I, and all Canadians, owe him a deep debt of gratitude for his service. I know I will be able to continue to count on his wisdom and his tireless service, and look forward to the next chapter of Mr. Dion’s contributions to our country.”
He added that McCallum “has had a distinguished career in public service, holding many different portfolios within government and has had an extensive parliamentary career. Most recently, his work as Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship bringing in over 39,500 Syrian refugees has been an inspiration to Canadians and an example to the world.” He said he will be proposing him to the Chinese government as Canada’s Ambassador to China. He added: “The Canada-China relationship will be well served by such a strong presence from our government.”
Trudeau said that Mihychuk “has served the government with distinction and oversaw a significant expansion of the Canada Summer Jobs program and settled the Canada Post labour dispute as Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.”
THE four South Asian ministers, appointed in November 2015, retain their current portfolios:
* Navdeep Bains: Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
* Harjit Sajjan: Minister of Defence.
* Bardish Chagger: Small Business Minister. Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (August 2016)
* Amarjeet Sohi: Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
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