Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau is expected to appoint new ambassadors to a number of key diplomatic postings in the coming weeks and months, as he moves to distinguish his government’s foreign policy from a decade of Conservative relations with the world.
Former Manitoba premier Gary Doer confirmed this week that his term as Canadian ambassador to Washington is coming to an end after six years. That leaves Trudeau, who has promised a fresh start in relations with the United States after a diplomatic chill over the Keystone XL pipeline, with a big hole to fill.
(Sidebar: the chill that Tom Steyer-backed Obama created. Carry on.)
New ambassadors in London, Paris and Tel Aviv are among those likely to follow: Each post is currently occupied by a political ally of outgoing Prime Minister Stephen Harper. …
Possible appointment: Trudeau will need someone of considerable political and diplomatic skill, such as former interim Liberal leader Bob Rae, to pull it off. Rae’s father, Saul Rae, was a renowned career diplomat.