Brief Stephane Dion to be Canada’s EU am­bas­sador

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

OTTAWA — Former Lib­eral leader and for­eign af­fairs min­is­ter Stephane Dion says he has agreed to be Canada’s am­bas­sador to to the Euro­pean Union. Dion made the an­nounce­ment while say­ing good­bye to his col­leagues in the House of Com­mons, fol­low­ing a sim­i­lar trib­ute from former im­mi­gra­tion min­is­ter John McCal­lum. Dion, who rep­re­sents a Mon­treal rid­ing, was shuf­fled out of cabi­net ear­lier this month in favour of Chrys­tia Free­land, a move widely seen as part of the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse to the as­cen­dance of Don­ald Trump. Dion did not ini­tially ac­cept the “se­nior po­si­tion” he was of­fered by Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau, a sign that he was not happy about the de­ci­sion to re­live him of his port­fo­lio. McCal­lum, the Markham-area MP who was also shuf­fled out of cabi­net ear­lier this month, has al­ready agreed to serve as Canada’s am­bas­sador to China.

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