Trudeau Names New Transport Minister

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named a new transport minister.

Omar Alghabra

Omar Alghabra has replaced Marc Garneau, who will now become minister of foreign affairs.

Garneau had held the transport minister post since 2015.

Alghabra is a member of parliament from Mississauga, Ontario. He also has worked as a consultant and a professor at Ryerson University in Toronto.

He has served as the parliamentary secretary for foreign and trade ministers, and as the Prime Minister’s parliamentary secretary for public service reform.

Born to a Syrian family in Saudi Arabia, he immigrated to Canada in 19 to study engineering.

Among the issues he’ll face as transport minister are an aid package for the airline industry and Air Canada’s planned purchase of tour company Transat A.T.

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