Chrystia Freeland was first election in a 2013 by-election in Toronto Centre, replacing retiring MP Bob Rae. After redistribution she chose to run for reelection in University–Rosedale. She is currently Minister of Foreign Affairs.
She is the co-chair of the Liberal Party’s Economic Advisory Council.
Freeland has a Bachelor of Arts in Russian history and literature from Harvard University and a Master’s of Studies in Slavonic studies from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. After university she started a career in journalism in Ukraine working for the Financial Times, Washington Post and The Economist. Over the course of her career she worked in many roles at the Financial Times, including as the deputy editor, web editor and managing editor. She was also a deputy editor at the Globe and Mail between 1999 and 2001. She was more recently working as a weekly columnist for the Globe. She also worked as editor-at-large for Reuters.
Freeland is the author of two books, “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”. Plutocrats was a New York Times Best Seller and won the 2013 Lionel Gelber Prize for nonfiction reporting on foreign affairs and the 2013 National Business Book Award for most outstanding Canadian business-related book.
In 2014 Freeland spoke out publicly against the Ukrainian government of Victor Yanukovich. She visited Ukraine after the revolution in 2014, meeting with MP Petro Poroshenko who was later elected as the new President of the country. She was then one of 13 Canadians banned from travel to Russia by President Vladimir Putin.
Freeland is married to New York Times reporter Graham Bowley and they have three children. She speaks English and Ukrainian and is conversant in French, Russian and Italian. Freeland’s mother, Halyna Chomiak Freeland, was the NDP candidate in Edmonton–Strathcona in 1988. She was a lawyer and activist who was dedicated to feminism and social justice.