Toronto MP Ahmed Hussen 1st Somali-Canadian appointed to federal cabinet


He was the first Somali-Canadian to become a federal Member of Parliament, and now many in the GTA’s Somali community are celebrating as York South-Weston Liberal MP Ahmed Hussen has broken another barrier: he’s been appointed as Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

“It’s a really great thing to happen to our community,” said Mahad Yusef, the executive director of the Somali Immigrant Aid Association. “It’s something that we really needed, not just for the Somali community, but for the whole black community.”

Hussen’s appointment was announced Tuesday in Ottawa by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as part of an extensive cabinet shuffle. He replaces John McCallum, the veteran MP representing Markham-Thornhill, who will become Canada’s ambassador to China.

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