Chrystia Freeland

Chrystia Freeland is Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and the Member of Parliament for University-Rosedale.

From 2015 to 2017, Minister Freeland served as Canada's Minister of International Trade, overseeing the successful negotiation of Canada's free trade agreement with the European Union, CETA. From 2017 to 2019, she served as Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. She served as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs from 2019 to 2020.


Ms. Freeland was first elected as a Member of Parliament in July 2013.


An esteemed journalist and author, Ms. Freeland was born in Peace River, Alberta. She was educated at Harvard University before continuing her studies on a Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford.


After cutting her journalistic teeth as a Ukraine-based stringer for the Financial Times, The Washington Post and The Economist, Ms. Freeland went on to wear many hats at the Financial Times. Ms. Freeland then served as deputy editor of The Globe and Mail between 1999 and 2001, before returning to the Financial Times as deputy editor and then as U.S. managing editor.


In 2010, Ms. Freeland joined Canadian-owned Thomson Reuters. She was a managing director of the company and editor of consumer news when she decided to return home and enter politics in 2013.


She has written two books: Sale of the Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution (2000); and Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (2012). Plutocrats is an international best-seller and won the Lionel Gelber Prize and National Business Book Award.


In 2018 Ms. Freeland was recognized as Foreign Policy's Diplomat of the Year and was awarded the Eric M. Warburg Award by Atlantik-Br?cke for her achievements in strengthening transatlantic ties.


Ms. Freeland speaks Russian, Ukrainian, Italian, French, and English. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three children.

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Toronto’s population has expanded rapidly, and the city is got two more seats in Parliament effective with the 2015 election. As a result, University-Rosedale was born, made out of a combination of parts of the old Trinity-Spadina and Toronto-Centre Ridings.


Our Riding is located right in the heart of the City of Toronto. The riding is bordered by the Don River on the East, the CP line to the North, Ossington Ave. to the west and Dundas St. W to the South.


Our riding is home to many fantastic institutions including the Royal Ontario Museum (the largest museum in Canada)  the Royal Conservatory of Music (one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world), and the University of Toronto (Ranked #1 Canadian School by Reputation by Maclean's in 2018.) About 32% of our riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in China, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. Mandarin, Cantonese and Portuguese are the most common non-official mother tongue languages spoken in our riding.


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Canada is a constitutional monarchy. This means that the King or Queen is the Head of State, but the Prime Minister is the Head of Government.


Bills are created and passed by Parliament, but the Governor General (the Monarch’s representative in Canada) signs them into law.


Canada is also a federal state: its ten provinces and three territories share a central government. Parliament passes laws that affect all Canadians, in areas like foreign policy and national defence. Each province makes its own laws in other domains, such as education and health care.


MPs are elected to represent Canada’s 338 constituencies. Drawing on the opinions of their constituents and other interested parties, conducting in-depth research, consulting with their party caucus and guided by their personal convictions, MPs take part in an ongoing process of studying, debating and revising legislation and considering the merits of the specific legislative issues before them. MPs are usually affiliated with a specific political party, although an MP may sit as an independent. Generally, the party with the greatest number of elected MPs forms the government, while the party with
the next largest number forms the official opposition. Opposition  parties “oppose”  government policies, suggesting improvements and presenting an alternative to the government’s policy agenda. Government MPs occupy the seats to the Speaker’s right, while Opposition and Independent MPs sit to the left. 

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