Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will appoint former Foreign Affairs Minister and Liberal Party leader Stéphane Dion as Canada’s ambassador to France, sources told Radio-Canada.
Dio was Canadian Ambassador to Germany since 2017. The French Embassy has been vacant since last year. The Prime Minister is expected to officially announce the appointment in the coming days.
Dion, who is also Canada’s special envoy to the European Union and Europe, has held several senior positions in government. His tenure as Minister of Foreign Affairs was from November 2015 to January 2017. He also served as Minister of the Environment from 2004 to 2005 and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs from 1996 to 2003.
He was leader of the Liberal Party for two years between 2006 and 2008. Before entering politics, he taught political science at the Université de Moncton and the Université de Montréal.
Marc Garneau, another former foreign minister, told the media in November last year that Trudeau offered him the jobbut he refused “for all sorts of reasons”.