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Canada Has a New Immigration Minister

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed his new cabinet this morning, which includes nine new faces. Among the new faces is Sean Fraser, the new Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. Of course, Sean Fraser replaces Marco Mendicino, who has now become Canada’s Public Safety Minister.

The new Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Minister Fraser, a former lawyer from Nova Scotia, represents the riding of “Central Nova” which covers a part of Halifax. He was a Member of Parliament in 2015, 2019, and 2021. Before entering politics, he practiced commercial litigation and international dispute resolution. He also holds a law degree from Dalhousie University, a Master’s degree in Public International Law from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and a Bachelor of Science from St. Francis Xavier University.


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Canada’s 2021 Cabinet

The cabinet is the body of ministerial advisors that sets the federal government’s policies and priorities. Consequently, Ministers receive a mandate letter outlining the policies and priorities that the Prime Minister would like them to pursue.

Here’s the full new roster of cabinet ministers:

  • Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
  • Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport
  • Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence
  • Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health
  • Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
  • Bill Blair, President of Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Emergency Preparedness
  • Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance
  • Francois-Phillipe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Commerce
  • Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health
  • Mona Fortier, President, Treasury Board
  • Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
  • Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
  • Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
  • Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario
  • Mark Holland, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
  • Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion
  • Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development
  • Marci Ien, Minister of Women, Gender Equality and Youth
  • Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  • Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Kamal Khera, Minister of Seniors
  • David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
  • Dominic Leblanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
  • Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue
  • Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
  • Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety
  • Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
  • Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
  • Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development
  • Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Labour
  • Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
  • Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Quebec Lieutenant
  • Harjit Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada
  • Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
  • Filomena Tassi, Minister of Public Services and Procurement
  • Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
  • Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources

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