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Canada shakes up defence, foreign ministries

09 February 2015

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper announced on 9 February that Jason Kenney will be his new minister of national defence and replace Rob Nicholson, who will take over as minister of foreign affairs after serving in the top defence job since mid-2013.

Among the issues facing Kenney are fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Canada's efforts to replace its CF-18 fleet from 2020. (RCAF)Among the issues facing Kenney are fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Canada's efforts to replace its CF-18 fleet from 2020. (RCAF)

Kenney, who will retain a position as minister for multiculturalism, worked as minister of employment and social development since mid-2013.

According to his official biography, Kenney was elected to the House of Commons in 1997 to represent Calgary Southeast, served as parliamentary secretary to then-Prime Minister Harper in 2006, as secretary of state for multiculturalism and Canadian identity in 2007, and as minister of citizenship and immigration from 2008-13.



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