A first for the Conservative Party of Canada: The first woman to hold a cabinet position in the country’s top diplomatic post.
Kirsten Moore, who has served as foreign affairs minister since March, became the third female MP in Canada’s history to be elected to cabinet.
The announcement came during a ceremony at the Canadian embassy in the U.S. city of Washington, where the newly elected minister spoke at the unveiling of the embassy’s newest building.
The embassy has a long history of making historic contributions to Canadian national security and defence.
Moore, who is the daughter of a Canadian army officer and was raised in Ottawa, was appointed to the post in April, after the Conservatives won a majority government in the election that brought them to power.
She is the first female member of the cabinet to be appointed by the Conservatives.
“We are thrilled to have Kirsten Moore become our new minister of Foreign Affairs,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement.
“She is an experienced, hardworking diplomat who is passionate about our country and our people.”
Moore will also serve as the deputy chief of mission to the U to Canada, which is based in Ottawa.
She is also the director of international programs for the Canadian Embassy in Washington.
Moore will become a permanent resident of the United States.
The swearing-in ceremony, which was livestreamed live on the CBC’s website, was attended by U.s.
President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
In a statement, Freeland called Moore “a great example of the great work that the Canadian government is doing in the world.”
“This is a historic moment for Canada’s foreign affairs, and I look forward to her being part of this journey,” she said.
Moore’s appointment comes just days after Trudeau announced his government is taking a new approach to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which the U of S has long accused of costing Canada billions of dollars in lost trade and jobs.
The Liberal government says it will be opening up new markets and creating new jobs for Canadian workers by expanding the Canadian Border Services Agency and creating an online portal to help citizens and visitors of the U, as well as Canadians abroad, enter Canada.