Meet the new min­is­ters

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - NATIONAL NEWS - Joanna Smith

OTTAWA — Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau brought three not-so-fa­mil­iar faces into his fed­eral cab­i­net Tues­day and placed them in key roles. here’s a closer look:

Fran­cois-philippe Cham­pagne — In­ter­na­tional Trade

The lib­eral MP rep­re­sent­ing the Que­bec rid­ing of saint-mau­rice-cham­plain had made no se­cret of his de­sire to be in cab­i­net one day.

“it’s for Mr. Trudeau to de­cide, but i know the peo­ple on his eco­nomic team,” Cham­pagne said soon af­ter his elec­tion vic­tory in 2015.

That did not hap­pen right away, but Cham­pagne built up a pro­file as the par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary to Fi­nance Min­is­ter Bill Morneau.

he has now been granted a much big­ger role, tak­ing over in­ter­na­tional trade from Chrys­tia Free­land — a key eco­nomic port­fo­lio at a time when the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment is grap­pling with how to han­dle the pro­tec­tion­ist prom­ises of u.s. pres­i­dent-elect don­ald Trump. Cham­pagne, who has a back­ground as a lawyer, busi­ness­man and in­ter­na­tional trade spe­cial­ist, has held se­nior po­si­tions at sev­eral com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing amec, a global en­gi­neer­ing and project man­age­ment firm. The World eco­nomic Fo­rum named him a “young Global leader” in 2009.

Ahmed Hussen — Immigration, Refugees and Cit­i­zen­ship

ahmed hussen came to Canada as a refugee from Mo­gadishu, so­ma­lia, when he was a teenager.

a lawyer and com­mu­nity ac­tivist, hussen be­came the first so­mali-cana­dian to be elected to the house of Com­mons in 2015.

he won his seat in the Toronto rid­ing of york southwe­ston by de­feat­ing ndp ri­val Mike sul­li­van.

hussen served as na­tional pres­i­dent of the Cana­dian so­mali Congress, where he worked on in­te­gra­tion and boost­ing the civic en­gage­ment of that com­mu­nity.

While study­ing at york univer­sity in the 1990s, hussen co-founded the re­gent Park Com­mu­nity Coun­cil and served as its pres­i­dent. The group ad­vo­cated for the res­i­dents of the oft-trou­bled Toronto neigh­bour­hood he lived in as it went through a $500-mil­lion re­vi­tal­iza­tion project.

Ka­rina Gould — Democratic Institutions

The lib­eral MP for Burling­ton gets a pro­mo­tion af­ter serv­ing as par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary to in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Marie-claude Bibeau. she worked as a trade and in­vest­ment spe­cial­ist with the Mex­i­can Trade Com­mis­sion be­fore en­ter­ing politics, but also has a back­ground in in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment.

she spent a year vol­un­teer­ing at an or­phan­age in Mex­ico, for ex­am­ple, and also or­ga­nized a fundrais­ing cam­paign for the vic­tims of the 2010 earth­quake in haiti when she was an un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dent at Mcgill univer­sity.

she also worked as a con­sul­tant with the mi­gra­tion and de­vel­op­ment pro­gram at the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of amer­i­can states in Washington, d.c., be­fore head­ing to do a grad­u­ate de­gree in in­ter­na­tional relations at the univer­sity of Ox­ford.

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