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Christian Paradis: ‘It’s about getting results’

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Christian Paradis: ‘It’s about getting results’

Christian Paradis has been Canada’s development minister since July 2013. He is also the minister responsible for the Francophonie. He was first elected to the House of Commons as an MP from Mégantic-L’Erable in Quebec. He has served as secretary of state for agriculture (2007), minister of public works (2008), minister of natural resources (2010), […]

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The Vatican’s man in Ottawa

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Vatican’s man in Ottawa

Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi hails from Bergamo, Italy, not far from where the world-renowned sparkling water, San Pellegrino, also hails, he proudly reports.  But today, he is the diplomatic representative, known as the Papal Nuncio, for the Holy See. He has held the same position in Haiti, Cuba, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. He’s also had […]

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Irwin Cotler: Human rights crusader retires as MP

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Irwin Cotler: Human rights crusader retires as MP

Irwin Cotler, who has been called the “pre-eminent voice in the fight against oppression,” is retiring after 16 years as an MP, a job he didn’t really want, at least in the beginning. As the tireless crusader for human rights, freedom and democracy, tells Diplomat’s editor, Jennifer Campbell, he has no plans to change his […]

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Canada’s religious freedom ambassador: ‘Human rights are not a Western liberal democracy preserve.‘

| January 5, 2014 | 1 Comment
Canada’s religious freedom ambassador:  ‘Human rights are not a Western liberal democracy preserve.‘

Andrew Bennett is Canada’s first ambassador to the office of religious freedom, a position he accepted in February 2013. A devout Catholic, he  studied history at Dalhousie University and McGill University and completed a PhD in political science at the University of Edinburgh. He then worked for Natural Resources Canada, Export Development Canada, the Privy […]

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Eliminating Nigerian corruption: ‘a work in progress’

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Eliminating Nigerian corruption:  ‘a work in progress’

Ojo Uma Maduekwe came to diplomacy from politics. He was a member of the national assembly of Nigeria in the 1980s and was part of a constituent assembly that wrote a constitution for Nigeria following a military coup. He spent two years as an adviser to the chairman of the Social Democratic Party and was […]

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Indian envoy has pre-ordained agenda for Canada

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Indian envoy has pre-ordained agenda for Canada

Indian High Commissioner and retired Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma joined the Indian Navy in 1970 and became the 20th chief of the naval staff in 2009. He retired from service after commanding three ships, including an aircraft carrier. Over his career, he served on vessels in the former Soviet Union and studied at the Royal […]

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Tunisia’s bold gamble on democracy: ‘One day or another, we will win’

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Tunisia’s bold gamble on democracy:  ‘One day or another, we will win’

In December 2010, the Arab Spring erupted through the impervious soil of authoritarian rule in the Middle East. The Arab awakening drove dictatorial and nepotistic rulers from power, first in Tunisia and then Egypt, Libya and Yemen. Popular protests swept the region — Syria, Algeria, Morocco, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, and Sudan, with smaller demonstrations […]

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Getting the world’s most impoverished nation on its feet

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Getting the world’s most impoverished nation on its feet

Frantz Liautaud is Haiti’s first ambassador to Canada in five years. The son of a diplomat, he comes to diplomacy from the world of business. Prior to his appointment as ambassador, he was president of the Haitian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The former property developer — has a civil engineering degree from the School […]

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Flora MacDonald: On war, foreign policy and Afghanistan

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Flora MacDonald: On war,  foreign policy and Afghanistan

Flora MacDonald has been to Afghanistan 12 times. Not every woman her age — she’s 86 — can say the same. But then Ms MacDonald’s whole life has been about firsts. She was the first woman to mount a serious campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada (no women had run for […]

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Afghanistan’s ambassador: thank you, Canada

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Afghanistan’s ambassador: thank you, Canada

Barna Karimi, Afghanistan’s new ambassador to Canada, has a varied background which most recently included two key jobs in Afghanistan — first working as President Hamid Karzai’s deputy chief of staff (2005-2007) and then working for him as a deputy minister (2007-2011). But he comes with corporate and cultural distinctions, too. For four years (2001-2005), […]

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