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Toronto MP Ahmed Hussen is the new immigration minister

January 10, 2017

Toronto MP Ahmed Hussen is the new immigration minister, Chrystia Freeland is the new Foreign Affairs Minister (update)

Toronto (Voice Online) — AHMED Hussen, MP for York South-Weston, and a Member of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, is the new of 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.

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.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will unveil a sweeping cabinet remake Tuesday, ushering out the Liberal old guard, demoting underperformers and recasting the cabinet to focus on the Donald Trump presidency and international trade.

Other changes:

* 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.

* 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.

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