Minister

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 2015, and again in the 2019 federal election.

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, Freeland 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.

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)

Current Cabinet Committee Membership

  • Chair, Cabinet Committee on Economy and the Environment
  • Chair, Cabinet committee on COVID-19
  • Vice-Chair, Cabinet Committee on Agenda, Results and Communications
  • Member, Cabinet Committee on Operations
51.7%

2019 vote share

49.8%

2015 vote share

Committee Roles During the 41st Parliament

Committee Role From To
International Trade Vice-Chair 2014 2015

Previous Parliamentary Roles

  • Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (43rd Parliament)
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs (42nd Parliament)
  • Minister of International Trade (42nd Parliament)

Federal Electoral History

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

Education

  • 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

Gender

Female

Religion

Not specified

Languages

English, Finnish, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian

Family

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

Office Staff

Jeremy Broadhurst
Chief of Staff 343-548-5377
Vincent Garneau
Director of Policy
Alex Lawrence
Director of Communications 613-697-9349 Alex.Lawrencen@international.gc.ca
Katherine Cuplinskas
Press Secretary
Michael Den Tandt
Senior Communications Advisor
Andrée-Lyne Hallé
Director of Operations
Christine Burke
Regional Affairs Director
Jeff Kovalik-Plouffe
Senior Advisor - Prime Minister's Special Representative for the Prairies
Laura Pennell
Senior Advisor - British Columbia
Jillian White
Senior Advisor, Prairies
Shannon Zimmerman
Senior Advisor - Ontario
Bud Sambasivam
Senior Policy Advisor
Jaqmeet Sra
Policy Advisor
Maaz Yasin
Advisor, Stakeholder Relations
Farees Nathoo
Issues Manager
Vasken Vosguian
Legislative Assistant
Adam Grech
Executive Assistant
Stephen Bateman
Special Assistant
Hallie Stacey-Sullivan
Special Assistant, Communications
Sason Ross
Special Assistant, Operation
André Capaldi
Senior Assistant - Operations (Toronto)
David Burkholder
Constituency Assistant 416-928-1451
Eleanor Kim
Constituency Assistant 416-928-1451
Marco Paoli
Constituency Assistant 416-928-1451
Madeleine Wieler
Constituency Assistant 416-928-1451
Yi Zheng
Constituency Assistant 416-928-1451

Ottawa Phone

613-992-5234

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