Former Somali refugee Ahmed Hussen has been appointed Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
Hussen was appointed by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who made his first major cabinet shuffle since being elected in 2015.
“I am extremely proud of our country’s history as a place of asylum, a place that opens its doors and hearts to new immigrants and refugees, and I’m especially proud today to be the minister in charge of that file,” Hussen told reporters outside the House of Commons on Tuesday.
Hussen was born and raised in Somalia. He first resided in Hamilton and later moved to Toronto in 1993 as a 16 year old refugee, then in 1996 moved to Regent Park.
He was elected as member of parliament in 2015. Hussen, a lawyer and community activist, will replace veteran politician John McCallum.