Free­land an­nounces new con­sul posts

The Expositor (Brantford) - - NATIONAL NEWS -

OT­TAWA — For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Chrys­tia Free­land has filled two new se­nior diplo­matic posts to lead the Cana­dian con­sulates in Detroit and Los An­ge­les.

Former New Demo­crat MP Joe Co­martin is the new con­sul gen­eral for Detroit, while Zaib Shaikh, who has worked on both sides of the cam­era in the Cana­dian en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, is head­ing to Los An­ge­les to serve as Canada’s top diplo­mat in the heart of the Amer­i­can cul­tural in­dus­try.

For Co­martin, who rep­re­sented a Wind­sor, Ont. rid­ing for 15 years, the new post won’t mean a long com­mute from home.

Co­martin will be work­ing in the hub of the Amer­i­can auto in­dus­try, which was at the heart of the re­cent free trade ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Canada, Mex­ico and the United States.

Shaikh was most re­cently the film com­mis­sioner and di­rec­tor of en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­tries for the City of Toronto. He’s also worked as a pro­ducer and di­rec­tor as well as an ac­tor, with roles in Deepa Me­hta’s film, Mid­night’s Chil­dren, and tele­vi­sion show Lit­tle Mosque on the Prairie. He de­scribed him­self as a friend of Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau af­ter he in­tro­duced the then Lib­eral MP at a Toronto rally in 2012.

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