The former Foreign Minister, Stéphane Dion, was appointed Canada’s ambassador both for the European Union and Germany on Tuesday.
The new configuration of the Canadian diplomacy was decided by the government of the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, as France-Presse reported.
Stéphane Dion, aged 61 years, is one of the most virulent critics of Donald Trump in Canada.
Consequently, he was dismissed in mid-January by the Canadian government during a reunion that occurred just before the inauguration of Trump as the President of the US.
However, PM Justin Trudeau estimated that having ‘the title of the highest-placed Canadian diplomat in Europe, Stéphane Dion will play a central part in promoting Canada’s interests over its borders’.
Speaking in the Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday, Dion thanked his colleagues in the Liberal Party and also the opposition.
‘I accept to be the ambassador both in Germany and in the European Union’, he said.
In its own way, Europe faces the same challenges as Canada does, added Dion, two days after the tragedy in a mosque in Quebec, where a young nationalist killed six Muslims during the evening prayer on Sunday.
“We must ensure that opening the inclusion will triumph in front of the exclusion and xenophobia”, said the new ambassador.
Stéphane Dion replaces Marie Gervais-Vidricaire at the Canadian embassy in Berlin and Daniel Costello, the Canadian ambassador to the European Union.
Meanwhile, the ex-minister for immigration issues was named as Canada’s ambassador to China. He allowed Canada to receive over 40,000 Syrian refugees in the past year. Also, he is a former chief economist of the Royal Bank.
So, he’ll probably negotiate an agreement regarding the free trade with China.