Some facts about Alexander:
From: Born in Toronto on Sept. 9, 1968.
Family: Married to Hedvig Alexander, has two daughters, Selma and Elisabeth.
Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Politics from McGill University; Master of Arts degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford.
Past work: Worked for 18 years as a diplomat with postings to Russia and Kabul, Afghanistan. Served as Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2009.
Political experience: Elected as the Conservative MP for Ajax-Pickering on May 2, 2011. Appointed the parliamentary secretary to the minister of national defence on May 25, 2011.
Did you know? He wrote a book about his experiences in Afghanistan called "A Long Way Back: Afghanistan's Quest for Peace."