Chrystia Freeland to become foreign minister says the CBC

Justin Trudeau made cabinet cornerstone Chrystia Freeland his new foreign affairs minister and promoted a trio of up-and-coming MPs on Tuesday as part of an inner-circle shakeup aimed in part at preparing for a Donald Trump presidency. The United States is Canada's largest trading partner.

Canada now has a woman in the powerful and prestigious position of foreign affairs minister.

Freeland, an author and former reporter who has been a top performer in Trudeau's cabinet, replaced Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion but also retained the Canada-U.S. relations portfolio, including the trade relationship.

Among other changes that are expected to be announced, Immigration Minister John McCallum will be appointed Canada's ambassador to China, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) said.

Ahmed D. Hussen becomes Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

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Canada banned several senior Russian officials and froze their assets after Russia's invasion of Crimea.

Champagne has impressed Trudeau and his advisers for his enthusiastic and diligent defence of the government's fiscal and economic policy while serving as parliamentary secretary to Finance Minister Bill Morneau. It is said Ms.Freeland has been quite successful in the portfolio of global trade.

Hussen, a Somali-born rookie MP first elected in 2015, is one of several new faces in cabinet that include Quebec MP Francois-Philippe Champagne, named worldwide trade minister, and Karina Gould of Burlington, Ont., who takes Democratic Institutions from Maryam Monsef.

The regional representation in cabinet shifts slightly away from Western Canada, as the demotion of MaryAnn Mihychuk, formerly minister for employment, workforce development and labour, removes one cabinet minister from Manitoba.

As for the electoral reform file, Maryam Monsef will hand off the file to Burlington, Ont. MP Katrina Gould, another first-time MP, who become Minister of Democratic Institutions.

  • Adam Floyd