Karina Gould

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Person.png Karina Gould  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Karina Gould.jpg
BornJune 28, 1987
Alma materMcGill University, St Hilda’s College (Oxford)
SpouseAlberto Gerones
Member ofTrudeau Government, WEF/Young Global Leaders/2020
PartyLiberal Party of Canada
Young minister with the spooky job of stopping "online meddling and the spread of disinformation", then International Development. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader 2020.

Employment.png Canada/Minister of International Development

In office
November 20, 2019 - October 26, 2021

Employment.png Canada/Minister of Democratic Institutions

In office
February 1, 2017 - November 20, 2019

Employment.png President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada

In office
January 10, 2017 - July 18, 2018

Karina Gould is a Canadian politician who has been the minister of families, children and social development since October 26, 2021.

A member of the Liberal Party, Gould was first appointed to Cabinet on February 1, 2017 as the minister of democratic institutions under Justin Trudeau, serving in the role until she was appointed as the minister of international development on November 20, 2019, before assuming her current portfolio.

She was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2020.

Early life and career

Gould was born on June 28, 1987,[1] growing up in Burlington, Ontario in a family with three brothers.[2] Her paternal grandparents were Czech Jews who survived the atrocities in Europe. Her mother is German and met her father while on a kibbutz in Israel.[3] At sixteen, she participated in the Forum for Young Canadians, spending a week in Ottawa. After she graduated from M.M. Robinson High School in 2005,[4] she spent the next year volunteering at an orphanage in Mexico, where she met her husband, Alberto Gerones.[5]

Upon her return to Canada in 2006, Gould attended McGill University, earning a joint honours degree in political science as well as Latin American and Caribbean studies. Writing her honours thesis on the Canadian electoral system, she graduated first class honours with distinction in 2010. During her time as an undergraduate student she served as the president of the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS) and helped organize fundraising for humanitarian aid for Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.[6][2]

In 2010, Gould took a job with the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., working as a consultant in the Migration and Development Program.[2] She is cited as contributing to the 2011 report, International Migration in the Americas: First Report of the Continuous Reporting System on International Migration in the Americas (SICREMI).

Gould subsequently completed a master's degree in international relations at Oxford University.[7] Upon completion of her graduate studies at Oxford, Gould decided to move back to her hometown of Burlington, Ontario. She took a job working as a Trade and Investment Specialist for the Mexican Trade Commission in Toronto.[2] Gould held this position for less than a year before announcing her candidacy in the 2015 election at the age of twenty-eight.

Early Politics

Gould was named the parliamentary secretary to the minister of international development and La Francophonie on December 2, 2015.[2][8]

On January 10, 2017, she was named Minister of Democratic Institutions, succeeding Maryam Monsef.[9] She also became the President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.[1] These appointments made her the youngest female Cabinet minister in Canadian history, taking office at the age of twenty-nine.[7]

Despite electoral reforms being a pledged mandate of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's 2015 campaign, with this appointment such electoral reforms were no longer part of the Minister of Democratic Institutions mandate.[10][11] Instead, Gould's mandate included the spooky job of stopping "online meddling and the spread of disinformation from social media giants and combating foreign interference." (i.e. censorship)[11][12][13]

Minister for International Development

Gould became the minister for international development, a key position in Trudeau's foreign policy. It came to light on May 18, 2020 that Gould was formally in charge of the Canadian government's sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO). As minister she is entrusted the discussions with Dr. Tedros Adhanom, WHO's director-general. She had a "good and frank conversation" with him via electronic means the week before the 73rd World Health Assembly.[14]

Together with the United States and other donors, she helped the global vaccine distribution system COVAX to deliver about 1.4 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the beginning of 2022[15][16].

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Gould was shuffled to the families, children and social development portfolio on October 26, 2021.[17]


  1. a b https://web.archive.org/web/20170118051157/http://www.lop.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=69e429cb-3bd3-4744-95a0-701e3b95c115&Language=E&Section=ALL
  2. a b c d e https://web.archive.org/web/20170117090533/http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/who-is-karina-gould-trudeaus-newest-and-youngest-minister/
  3. https://www.cjnews.com/news/canada/six-jewish-mps-head-to-ottawa
  4. https://web.archive.org/web/20191028215211/https://kgould.liberal.ca/biography/
  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20191023165902/https://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/karina-goulds-trial-by-fire/
  6. https://web.archive.org/web/20191104205808/https://www.mcgill.ca/arts/article/mcgill-parliament-hill
  7. a b https://web.archive.org/web/20170117024257/http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/karina-gould-1.3932777
  8. https://web.archive.org/web/20151208053345/http://pm.gc.ca/sites/pm/files/docs/parliamentary_secretaries_e.pdf
  9. https://web.archive.org/web/20170110204233/http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/three-new-faces-trudeau-cabinet-1.3928984
  10. https://web.archive.org/web/20191118141006/https://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/trudeau-fixing-the-vote/
  11. a b https://web.archive.org/web/20191023195902/https://pm.gc.ca/en/mandate-letters/minister-democratic-institutions-mandate-letter
  12. https://web.archive.org/web/20191029021854/https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/election-misinformation-disinformation-interference-1.5336662
  13. https://web.archive.org/web/20191028155817/https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2019/04/08/canada-elections-foreign-interference_a_23708335/
  14. https://web.archive.org/web/20200519194636/https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/not-who-s-place-to-be-skeptical-of-china-says-international-development-minister-1.5574846
  15. https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/aug-11-2021-administrator-samantha-power-minister-international-development-canada
  16. https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/covax-deliver-about-14-billion-doses-over-six-months-canada-minister-2021-07-12/
  17. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-justin-trudeau-shuffles-cabinet-to-appoint-guilbeault-at-environment/

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