Lib­er­als re­place Tory diplo­mats

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - MIKE BLANCH­FIELD

The Trudeau Lib­er­als have re­placed sev­eral high-pro­file po­lit­i­cal ap­point­ments made by the pre­vi­ous Con­ser­va­tive govern­ment with a ma­jor shuf­fle of the top ranks of Canada’s for­eign service.

Al­most all are ca­reer pub­lic ser­vants, with three of them re­plac­ing po­lit­i­cal ap­pointees of the Harper govern­ment in the United King­dom, Iraq and Is­rael.

For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Stéphane Dion an­nounced the ap­point­ment of 26 new am­bas­sadors, high com­mis­sion­ers and oth­ers — 13 men, 13 women.

In the United King­dom, former Bri­tish Columbia premier Gor­don Camp­bell is be­ing re­placed by the former clerk of the privy coun­cil, Jan­ice Charette. In the Mid­dle East, Dion is re­plac­ing the heads of two mis­sions whose ap­point­ments both drew crit­i­cism for be­ing too par­ti­san.

Former prime min­is­ter Stephen Harper had ap­pointed the former head of his RCMP se­cu­rity de­tail, Bruno Sac­co­mani, as the am­bas­sador to Jor­dan but he is now be­ing re­placed. The Jor­dan mis­sion over­saw neigh­bour­ing Iraq.

His suc­ces­sor, Peter MacDougall, is a vet­eran pub­lic ser­vant who most re­cently was the as­sis­tant sec­re­tary to the cab­i­net for for­eign and de­fence pol­icy.

Canada’s am­bas­sador to Is­rael, Vi­vian Ber­covici, is also gone just two years af­ter her ap­point­ment. Ber­covici is be­ing re­placed by Deborah Lyons, who was pre­vi­ously am­bas­sador to Afghanistan.

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