Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed his Syrian citizen Omar Al-Ghabra as Minister of Transport, becoming the first immigrant from Syria to hold a ministerial portfolio in the Canadian government.
Al-Ghabra, 51, was appointed as part of a cabinet reshuffle Trudeau made on Tuesday, which included the ministers of foreign affairs, transport and innovation.
The new Canadian Minister of Transport was born in 1969 in the city of Khobar, Saudi Arabia, to Syrian parents, and moved between the Kingdom and his country of origin, Syria, and he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Damascus, before continuing his studies in Canada, where he obtained its nationality, and obtained a master’s degree in it. Business Management.
In 2006, Al-Ghabra was elected for the first time in the Canadian Parliament for Trudeau’s liberal party, and he was re-elected in 2015 from the city of Mississauga in the province of Ontario.
The new minister, who succeeded former minister Marc Garneau, held several government positions in various sectors, including trade and foreign affairs.
The official page of the Canadian Ministry of Transport announced the appointment of Al-Ghabra at its head and welcomed him, as well as published a summary of his work in the field of politics since his first election as a deputy.
For his part, the Syrian minister of origin posted a tweet on Twitter pledging to work on developing the transport sector.
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