Barely a year after he made history by becoming the first African-born Provincial Minister in Canadian history, after his appointment as Minister of Justice and Solicitor General to the Government of Alberta, Kaycee Madu has once again made history. &n...
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Barely a year after he made history by becoming the first African-born Provincial Minister in Canadian history, after his appointment as Minister of Justice and Solicitor General to the Government of Alberta, Kaycee Madu has once again made history.
In announcing the change, Prime Minister Jason Kenney said that Madu 's appointment is making a powerful statement at a time when the Albertans have grown more sensitive to racial prejudice.
Kenney said “[Madu] is a man who has experienced racial prejudice firsthand and can bring that sensitivity to this important role”. He added that “I’m excited to have him in that position.”
In his terms, the Premier said Madu is the first Black Canadian to hold the minister of justice, attorney general or solicitor general, and provincial or federal judicial positions.
The appointment has reverberated widely among the Black Community of Alberta, and is being praised by some as a way to add the requisite insight to the justice system.
The Black Conservatives' Association has congratulated the history maker in a statement. "In his new role, we wish him success."
Remarking on the iconic development, Dunia Nur, president of the African Canadian Civil Engagement Council, based in Edmonton, said that Madu has become a role model for the community.
The President said, "If we agree with one party or another, it doesn't really matter, especially now for the Black voice."
"What matters are effective Black people who are educated, who have integrity, who also have background in education, they are the ones who occupy the space."
The Council is fostering and expanding opportunities across Canada for members of the African , Caribbean and Black communities.
Nur said Madu is well suited to his new job, not only because of his legal background but also because he's an involved member of the African community.
Nur, meanwhile, said there were plenty of high expectations put on the new minister of justice.
"He is revered by the Black community," she said. "And the Black community, too, is not afraid to hold him to account when we believe it's time to do so."
"Historically, these are places held by white men who have no knowledge of the unequal effects of the justice system and what the perceptions of Black communities are," she said.
"By being the justice minister it demonstrates the government is listening."
Members of the Hoyo Collective located in Edmonton are also excited about the new position of the minister.
Born and raised in south-east Nigeria, in 2001 Madu graduated with a law degree from the University of Lagos. He moved to Canada in 2005, with his wife. They have three kids.
In the April 2019 general election, Madu, who practised law in both Nigeria and Alberta, was first elected as an MLA.
Speaking on his nomination, Madu said, "Thank you for all the good wishes, everybody. I am more than proud to embrace my current position as Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, where I will seek with all my strength fairness, equality and justice for all.