Welcome to our new immigration minister Marco Mendicino!
Congratulations from all of us RCICs and we look forward to the great work you will do!
From Global News:
‘Mendicino was previously elected in 2015 and held onto his urban Toronto seat of Eglinton–Lawrence last month.
Even if you don’t recognize his name, you might recognize him from television screens — he’s frequently offered up over the last four years as a government representative to do hits with media about high-profile issues of the day, including the SNC-Lavalin scandal.
He’s also the son of immigrants from Italy and took the historically Liberal seat back from former Conservative finance minister Joe Oliver in 2015.
Mendicino’s background, like many MPs, is in law.
He ran a small law firm focusing on employment law and regulation in Toronto and also held a post as an adjunct professor with Osgoode Hall Law School.
For about 10 years he was also a Crown prosecutor, and it was during that time that he worked on the cases of some members of the Toronto 18 terror cell and appeared as a witness before House of Commons and Senate committees studying how to improve laws dealing with organized crime.
He held two parliamentary secretary roles in the last parliament: one to the minister of justice and another to the minister of infrastructure and communities.
But the appointment to cabinet is a big promotion and will see Mendicino responsible for implementing promised increases to immigration and pilot projects aimed at bringing more immigrants into rural and Atlantic Canada.’