Canada: Assyrian Lady Appointed as Secretary of State

1/8/2007 1:45:00 AM
Helena Guergis, Canada

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces the appointment of Helena Guergis as Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs and International Trade)

Ottawa, Ontario - Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment of Helena Guergis, Member of Parliament for Simcoe-Grey, Ontario, as Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) (Sport).

“Helena Guergis is a hard-working and impressive two-term Member of Parliament from Ontario. She will work with Minister Peter MacKay and Minister David Emerson on protecting and advancing Canada’s interest and values on the world stage,” commented the Prime Minister. “She will also take on the additional responsibility of Secretary of State (Sport), assisting Minister Bev Oda. She will be an excellent representative for our athletes and our athletic community.”

Helena Guergis’ appointment was part of Prime Minister Harper’s announcement designed to strengthen his ministerial team as well as create six Secretaries of State, as Canada’s New Government gets ready for the return of Parliament and its second year in office.

Helena Guergis is the first Assyrian elected to the House of Commons. She was born in Barrie, raised in Angus, Ontario where she grew up working in her father’s business, George’s Furniture, before operating her own small business.