Former Canadian ambassador to Afghanistan, Chris Alexander, was recently appointed Canada’s new Minister of Citizenship and Immigration as part of Prime Minister Harper’s cabinet shuffle. The former diplomat was first elected as a Member of Parliament 2 years ago, and has over 18 years of service as a Canadian diplomat. Mr. Alexander is replacing Jason Kenney, who held the position since 2008. Mr. Alexander says he will work closely with Mr. Kenney, so he may learn from his experience and ensure a smooth transition.
Mr. Alexander earned a BA in History and Politics at the University of McGill and then went on to complete his Masters in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford. He joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1991 and was posted to the Canadian embassy in Russia in 1993. He returned to Canada in 1996 to become an assistant to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, only to return to Moscow in 2002 as Minister Counselor. In 2003 Mr. Alexander became the first resident Canadian Ambassador in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.
Mr. Alexander has been representing the riding of Ajax – Pickering in Ontario since 2011.
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