Chrystia Freeland

Your member of parliament for


University-Rosedale

Chrystia Freeland

Your member of parliament for


University-Rosedale

Menu

Meet Chrystia Freeland

Chrystia Freeland is Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Member of Parliament for University-Rosedale.

An esteemed journalist and author, Chrystia was born in Peace River, Alberta. She received her undergraduate degree in Russian history and literature from Harvard University and obtained a Master of Studies degree in Slavonic Studies from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

After getting her start as a Ukraine-based stringer for the Financial Times, The Washington Post, and The Economist, Chrystia took on a number of roles at the Financial Times, including UK News Editor, Moscow Bureau Chief, Eastern Europe Correspondent, Editor of FT Weekend Magazine, and Editor of FT.com. She served as Deputy Editor of The Globe and Mail between 1999 and 2001 before becoming Deputy Editor and then US Managing Editor of the Financial Times.

In 2010, Chrystia joined Canadian-owned Thomson Reuters. She was a Managing Director of the company and Editor of Consumer News when she decided to return home and enter politics.

Chrystia has written two books: Sale of the Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution (2000) and Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (2012).‎ Plutocrats is a New York Times best-seller and won the Lionel Gelber Prize and National Business Book Award. In 2013, Chrystia gave a TED Talk about global income inequality, based on the themes of Plutocrats. It has been viewed almost two million times.

In 2013, Chrystia was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre in a by-election and then re-elected in 2015 as the Member of Parliament for University–Rosedale. Between November 2015 and January 2017, she served as Canada’s Minister of International Trade.

Chrystia speaks English, French, Ukrainian, Russian, and Italian.

She is married and the proud mother of three children, raising them in Toronto.