Chrystia Freeland

University—Rosedale, Ontario

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

Former journalist and author named Deputy Prime Minister

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 also serves as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. Click here to read her mandate letter.

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.

She and her husband both grew up on farms.

Current Roles and Responsibilities

  • Deputy Prime Minister (appointed Nov. 20, 2019)
  • Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (appointed Nov. 20, 2019)

Current Cabinet Committee Membership

  • Chair, Cabinet Committee on Economy and the Environment
  • Vice-Chair, Cabinet Committee on Agenda, Results and Communications
  • Member, Cabinet Committee on Operations

2015 vote share

Committee Roles During the 41st Parliament

Committee Role From To
International Trade Vice-Chair 2014 2015

Previous Parliamentary Roles

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Minister of International Trade

Federal Electoral History

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


  • 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

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Chief of Staff 343-203-1851
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Administration Assistant 343-203-5955
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Jillian White
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Special Assistant, Ontario Regional Affairs 343-203-1851
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Adam Austen
Press Secretary 343-203-1851
Brett Aylward
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Allison Chick
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Sebastian Cooper
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Planning and Regional Affairs 343-203-1851
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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