TORONTO, May 28, 2002 - The CRRF commends government's choice of Jean Augustine for new cabinet post. The CRRF is enthusiastic in welcoming Toronto Etobicoke - Lakeshore MP Jean Augustine to the post of Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Status of Women.
Ms. Augustine has been an elected representative of the federal government since 1993. Previously she was an elementary school principal with the Metropolitan Toronto Separate School Board.
"Ms. Augustine is well known for her commitment to race relations and equity issues," said the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, Chair of the CRRF. "She brings a wealth of experience and insight to this post as well as a proven track record on the issues that are important to us and we look to the new minister to move these issues forward to the next level. "
Augustine has a long history of working on Canadian social issues. As past president of the Congress of Black Women of Canada, member of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations and member of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women she has demonstrated her commitment to the ever-changing needs of today's Canadian society.
"The role of this Secretary of State is to ensure that equality and social justice become the status quo - as opposed to only being the hoped for goal," said Dr. Karen Mock, Executive Director of the CRRF. "We are confident that Ms. Augustine will accept this duty with enthusiasm and outstanding leadership, as she has so many times before in her career, and we look forward to working closely with her in her new portfolio."