Defence Minister Peter MacKay And Wife Expecting 1st Child

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Peter MacKay arrives with Nazanin Afshin-Jam for the swearing in of the federal cabinet at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick | CP

Defence Minister Peter Mackay and his wife, Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay, are expecting their first child.

MacKay's office confirmed the news Friday morning, but declined further comment. A message on Afshin-Jam's Facebook page said the baby is due "around spring time."

The couple married in Mexico on Jan. 4.

In an interview that month, MacKay told the CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos that he was "really happy" but wants to keep his private life out of the spotlight.

Afshin-Jam MacKay, an Iranian-born human rights activist, pop singer and former Miss World runner-up, has not been shy of the media spotlight, however.

She has made appearances recently to talk about her book, The Tale of Two Nazanins, which recounts her efforts to save a 17-year-old woman from execution in Iran, and has spoken out against the ruling regime in her former homeland.

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