Ahmed D. Hussen# Now display the riding related to this user ?>
York South—Weston, Ontario# Party logo ?>
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship# Intro ?>
Lawyer, social activist and the first Somali-Canadian MP# Description - Members ?>
National President of the Canadian Somali Congress and a member of the task force for modernizing income security for adults in the Toronto City Summit Alliance, Ahmed Hussen worked at Queen's Park for Dalton McGuinty in the early 2000s but the 2015 election was his first campaign as a candidate. He made civic engagement a focus of his career before politics.
Born and raised in Somalia before coming to Canada in 1993, Hussen quickly became involved in his new neighbourhood of Regent Park as a social activist and co-founded the Regent Park Community Council. He ousted incumbent NDP MP Mike Sullivan to become the first Somali-Canadian Member of Parliament.
On January 10, 2017 Hussen was named as Canada's new immigration minister. Click here to read his mandate letter.
Hussen is officially running again in the 2019 election.# Description - Senators ?>
Off the Hill
Hussen was a track and field star at his Hamilton high school before moving to Toronto. He worked at a gas station in Mississauga, an hour commute from his home, to scrape together enough money for tuition at York University.
He is fluent in English, Somali and Swahili, has a law degree from the University of Ottawa and has been recognized for his contributions as a community leader.
Current Roles and Responsibilities
- Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
- Co-Chair, 416 Caucus
- Vice-Chair, Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association
Current Cabinet Committee Membership
- Member, Committee on Growing the Middle Class and Inclusion
- Member, Committee on Canada-U.S. Relations, Trade Diversification and Internal Trade
- Alternate, Treasury Board
2015 vote share
|First elected:||2015 , York South-Weston|
- University of Ottawa - Juris Doctor of Laws
- York University - Bachelor of Arts (history)
- Director, Global Enrichment Foundation.
- Special Assistant, Intergovernmental Affairs, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
- National President, Canadian Somali Council.
- 1997: President, Regent Park Community Council.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
English, Somali, Swahili
Ali SalamChief of Staff 613-954-1064
Sacha AtherlyPolicy Advisor 613-954-1064
Emilie AudySpecial Assistant (Quebec Desk) 613-954-1064
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Sebastian ClarkeSpecial Assistant (Ontario) 613-954-1064
Matthew ConleySpecial Assistant (Western and Northern Desk) 613-954-1064
Mathieu GenestPress Secretary 613-954-1064
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Scott MorphetSpecial Assistant and Driver 613-954-1064
Kyle NicholsonDirector of Policy 613-954-1064
Zubair PatelDirector of Operations and Outreach 613-954-1064
Olga RadchenkoDirector of Parliamentary Affairs 613-954-1064
Brandan RoweSpecial Assistant (Atlantic and Parliamentary Secretary’s Assistant) 613-954-1064
Tia TariqSenior Advisor 613-954-1064
Christine WhittenConstituency Assistant 416-656-2526
Alexandra Salinas ContentoConstituency Assistant 416-656-2526
Jiajie LiConstituency Assistant 416-656-2526
Zehra AbbasConstituency Assistant 416-656-2526
Jordan WilsonConstituency Assistant 416-656-2526
"I have a lot to contribute to Canada, and I'm a mainstream guy, I'm not limited by my community. Everyone has a heritage, but we have a shared citizenship."