Chrystia Freeland

University—Rosedale, Ontario

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance

Former journalist and author, deputy PM and first woman minister of finance

First elected to the House of Commons in a 2013 Toronto Centre by-election, Chrystia Freeland ran and won in the riding of University—Rosedale in the 2015, 2019, and 2021 federal elections.

Prior to the 2015 election, she served as co-chair of the Liberal Party’s economic advisory council. A Harvard graduate and Rhodes Scholar, she forged a career as a journalist with the Financial Times, the Washington Post, the Economist, the Globe and Mail, and Thomson Reuters. Her authored books include "Sale of a Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution," and "Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else."

As minister of foreign affairs Freeland played a pivotal role in the renegotiation of the NAFTA agreement. On November 20, 2019, she was appointed deputy prime minister and minister of intergovernmental affairs. On August 18, 2020 Freeland was sworn in as the first female federal minister of finance following the resignation of Bill Morneau. She was re-appointed deputy prime minister and minister of finance in the October 26, 2021 cabinet announcement.

Off the Hill

Freeland speaks five languages: English, French, Ukrainian, Russian and Italian. She participated in a student exchange in Ukraine during the Communist era, acting as a fixer and translator for a New York Times reporter. Her grandparents fled Ukraine during the Second World War but imprinted a strong sense of Ukrainian identity on her.

Freeland and her husband, journalist Graham Bowley, both grew up on farms.

Current Roles and Responsibilities

  • Deputy Prime Minister (appointed Nov. 20, 2019)
  • Minister of Finance (appointed Aug. 18, 2020)

Committee Roles During the 41st Parliament

Committee Role From To
International Trade Vice-Chair 2014 2015

Previous Parliamentary Roles

  • 2019-2020: Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • 2017-2019: Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 2015-2017: Minister of International Trade

Federal Electoral History

First elected: 2013, University—Rosedale, Toronto Centre - Byelection
  • 2015, University—Rosedale
  • 2019, University—Rosedale
  • 2021, University—Rosedale

2019 vote share


2015 vote share

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  • Oxford University - Master of Arts (Slavic Studies)
  • Harvard University - Bachelor of Arts (History and Literature)

Private Career

  • 2010-2013: Journalist and Editor, Thomson Reuters
  • 2001-2010: Managing Editor, The Financial Times
  • 1999-2001: Deputy Editor, The Globe and Mail
  • Reporter

Date of Birth

2 August 1968

Place of Birth

Peace River, AB, Canada




Not specified


English, Finnish, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian


Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Graham Bowley
Spouse Occupation: Journalist
  • Ivan
  • Halyna
  • Natalka
  • Great Uncle: Ged Baldwin, Progressive MP for Peace River from 1958 to 1980

Staff information for this minister is currently being updated.

Office Staff

Leslie Church
Chief of Staff
Alex Lawrence
Director of Communications 613-697-9349
James Graham
Constituency Assistant 416-928-1451
Eleanor Kim
Constituency Assistant 416-928-1451
Karel Peters
Constituency Assistant 416-928-1451
Yumna Rehan
Constituency Assistant 416-928-1451
Madeleine Wieler
Constituency Assistant 416-928-1451
Yi Zheng
Constituency Assistant 416-928-1451

Ottawa Phone


Constituency Phone

Toronto: 416-928-1451

Constituency Office Address

344 Bloor Street West
Suite 510
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3A7

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The real challenge today I think for our country is for our country to understand that we are facing such big issues in the world today that we really have to face them as Team Canada.

November 20, 2019
Toronto Star