The Minister of Foreign Affairs is a Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet. He is responsible for overseeing the government's international relations, the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development and the International Development Research Centre. The Minister of Foreign Affairs also heads the Department of Global Affairs.
Government of Canada through its Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) provides an important service, document attestation in Canada. This Canada attestation service is very helpful for Canadians visiting abroad for purposes such as higher education and jobs. By authenticating a document in this manner, the Government of Canada approves that the signature, seal and position of an official on a document is genuine, making it legally acceptable in another jurisdiction or country.
Honourable Chrystia Freeland is the current Minister of Foreign Affairs since 10 January, 2017. Prior to this she was the Minister of International Trade, from 4 November, 2015, till 10 January, 2017. She belongs to the Liberal Party of Canada, which is the oldest federal political party of Canada. Chrystia was elected as a Member of Parliament on 25 November, 2013, from the Toronto Centre constituency in Ontario through a by-election and was re-elected on 19 October, 2015, from the University - Rosedale constituency in Ontario through general elections.
Honourable Chrystia Freeland was born on August 2, 1968 in Peace River, Alberta, Canada. She is married to Mr. Graham Bowley and has 3 children. Her father, Donald Freeland, and mother, Halyna (Chomiak) Freeland, were both lawyers. While her father was a member of the Liberal Party of Canada, her mother ran for election, representing the New Democratic Party.
Two important bills sponsored by the Honourable Chrystia Freeland are C-47, An Act to amend the Export and Import Permits Act and the Criminal Code (amendments permitting the accession to the Arms Trade Treaty and other amendments) and C-13, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act, the Hazardous Products Act, the Radiation Emitting Devices Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, the Pest Control Products Act and the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act and to make related amendments to another Act.