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Ottawa, Nov 21 (Canadian-Media): Chrystia Freeland is taking on new roles as deputy prime minister and intergovernmental affairs minister with great promises that she will work for Canadians' unity to counter global challenges and deep divisions at home over economic disparity, media reports said.
Chrystia Freeland. Image credit: Twitter handle
"I think Canadians appreciate that we face some big challenges at home, notably the challenge around being sure that we can act united as a country, united as a country facing the big threats in the world today, united as a country facing the existential challenge of climate change, united as a country facing the challenge of being sure that Canadians have great jobs and a strong social welfare net," Freeland said.
After Trudeau named a deputy PM for the first time, he said having worked closely in the past with Freeland on files that are vital to the country, his work with Freeland would "touch on national unity...energy and the environment...relations with all provinces in all regions of this country."
Freeland is the tenth deputy PM in Canadian history after Anne McLellan was appointed deputy PM under then-prime minister Paul Martin.
Freeland said having worked closely with Trudeau in drafting a new trilateral trade deal with the U.S. and Mexico to replace NAFTA, it was time to shift her attention on solving challenges at home and work directly with Trudeau and other ministers not only on federal-provincial issues such as energy and environment, but also on health and infrastructure, and continue to oversee Canada-U.S. relations to finalise trilateral trade deal with the U.S. and Mexico.
She has also been given responsibility to solve Alberta and Saskatchewan's issues of federal carbon tax and a lack of progress on building a new pipeline.