By Linda Scales
Ahmed Hussen, a former teenage refugee and uOttawa 2011 common law graduate, is Canada’s newest minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the appointment on January 10 as part of a cabinet shuffle.
Hussen arrived in Canada in 1993, and in 2015, became the first Somali-born Canadian elected to the House of Commons. Before that, he was a practising lawyer and heralded community activist in Toronto, and also served as president of the Canadian Somali Congress.