The new Canadian minister for public safety (the Canadian equivalent of DHS) is Stockwell Day, a member of Parliament from British Columbia who took over for Anne McLellan this week with the swearing-in of the Harper government. Day’s official bio is here, and his page on Wikipedia is here.
This Globe and Mail story provides the Canadian Arab and Muslim communities’ cautiously positive reaction to his appointment. The story also notes that has been reliably pro-American. His hometown newspaper in Penticton, BC comments that the post is “not a bad match for his experience,” but worries that it is an “unrewarding position for any politician.”
Hopefully he’ll be on Sec. Chertoff’s calendar soon, so the two can expand upon the important work of their predecessors (Ridge, Manley, and McLellan) and strengthen the US-Canada homeland security relationship.
For more on his likely agenda, see my pre-election analysis of domestic security issues in Canada.