Karina Gould

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Karina Gould

Karina Gould, LPC MPP for Burlington, Minister Of Democratic Institutions.jpg
Minister of Democratic Institutions
Assumed office
January 10, 2017
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byMaryam Monsef
President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
In office
January 10, 2017 – July 18, 2018
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byMaryam Monsef
Succeeded byDominic LeBlanc
Parliamentary secretary to the Minister of International Development
In office
December 2, 2015 – January 10, 2017
MinisterMarie-Claude Bibeau
Preceded byLois Brown
Succeeded byCelina Caesar-Chavannes
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Burlington
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byMike Wallace
Personal details
Born (1987-06-28) June 28, 1987 (age 32)
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Alberto Gerones
ResidenceBurlington, Ontario
Alma mater

Karina Gould PC MP (born June 28, 1987) is a Canadian Liberal politician who was elected as a member of parliament in the House of Commons of Canada to represent the federal electoral district Burlington during the 2015 federal election.[2] In January 2017, she was appointed Minister of Democratic Institutions in the 29th Canadian Ministry, headed by Justin Trudeau, becoming the youngest female cabinet minister in Canadian history.

Early life and career[edit]

Gould was born in 1987,[3] and grew up in Burlington, Ontario.[4] After she graduated from high school in 2005, she spent the next year volunteering at an orphanage in Mexico, where she met her husband, Alberto Gerones. After returning to Canada she attended McGill University, earning a degree in political science and Latin American studies. While there, she helped organize fundraising for humanitarian aid for Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, and served as president of the arts undergraduate student council.[4]

In 2010, she took a job with the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. as a consultant on migration to work with their Migration and Development Program.[4]

She subsequently completed a master's degree in international relations at Oxford University.[5] Upon moving to Burlington, she worked as a trade and investment specialist for the Mexican consulate in Toronto prior to her candidacy in the 2015 election.[4]

Political career[edit]

During the election campaign, she attracted minor attention for deleting a three-year-old tweet expressing opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines – eventually not approved by the Trudeau government – and to the development of the Alberta tar sands in general.[4][6] She defeated Conservative incumbent Mike Wallace, who had represented the riding since the 2006 federal election, by winning 46% of the vote to his 42.5%.[5]

On December 2, 2015, Gould was named the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie within the Liberal government.[4][7] During Barack Obama's July 2016 state visit to Ottawa, he gave a shoutout to Burlington, where his brother in law lives, during his address to Parliament, prompting Gould to wave for the cameras, in what Macleans called her most high-profile moment.[4]

On January 10, 2017, she was named Minister of Democratic Institutions, succeeding Maryam Monsef.[8] She also became the President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.[3] These appointments made her the youngest female cabinet minister in Canadian history.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Gould is married and lives in Burlington, Ontario. She gave birth to her first child Oliver on March 8, 2018. She is the first sitting federal cabinet minister to give birth while in office.[9]

Electoral record[edit]

2015 Canadian federal election: Burlington, Ontario
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Karina Gould 32,229 45.98 +22.74 $104,313.08
Conservative Mike Wallace 29,780 42.48 -11.66 $105,053.18
New Democratic David Laird 6,381 9.10 -9.75 $28,503.64
Green Vince Fiorito 1,710 2.44 -1.10 $1,631.97
Total valid votes/Expense limit 70,100 100.00   $239,840.79
Total rejected ballots 263 0.37
Turnout 70,363 73.58
Eligible voters 95,624
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +17.20
Source: Elections Canada[10][11]


  1. ^ "Liberal Jewish and Muslim MPs condemn imams who called for the death of Jews". 22 February 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  2. ^ Carville, Olivia (20 October 2015). "Liberal candidate Karina Gould wins Burlington". Toronto Star. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "GOULD, The Hon. Karina, P.C." Library of Parliament. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Proudfoot, Shannon (January 10, 2017). "Who is Karina Gould, Trudeau's newest and youngest minister?". Macleans. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Sienkiewicz, Alexander (January 12, 2017). "Meet the 29-year-old who is the youngest ever female Canadian cabinet member". CBC News. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  6. ^ Joanna Smith, Liberal candidate Karina Gould deletes ‘tar sands’ tweet, The Toronto Star, August 11, 2015.
  7. ^ http://pm.gc.ca/sites/pm/files/docs/parliamentary_secretaries_e.pdf, Privy Council of Canada. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  8. ^ Tasker, John Paul (10 January 2017). "The 3 new faces of Justin Trudeau's Liberal cabinet". cbc.ca. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  9. ^ Dehaas, Josh (2018-03-09). "Minister Karina Gould makes history with birth of baby boy". CTVNews. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  10. ^ "Voter Information Service - Who are the candidates in my electoral district?". www.elections.ca. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Elections Canada On-line - Élection Canada en-ligne". www.elections.ca. Retrieved 22 June 2018.

External links[edit]

29th Ministry – Cabinet of Justin Trudeau
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Maryam Monsef President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
January 10, 2017 – present
Maryam Monsef Minister of Democratic Institutions
January 10, 2017 – present