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February 15 | Canadian and U.S. Relations
Christopher A. Alexander, PC is a Canadian politician and former diplomat. He served as Canada's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration from 2013 to 2015. He represented the electoral district of Ajax-Pickering, Ontario, in the House of Commons of Canada from 2011 to 2015. He was defeated by his Liberal predecessor Mark Holland in the 2015 election.
Alexander spent 18 years in the Canadian Foreign Service, and served as Canada's first resident Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005. Following this he served as a Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan till 2009. After winning his seat in the 2011 election, Alexander was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence. On July 15, 2013, he was appointed Canada's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
Alexander earned a B.A. in History and Politics from McGill University in 1989 and an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford in 1991. He and his wife Hedvig live in Canada with their 2 daughters, Alma and Elizabeth.
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