October 17, 2021

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Bob Rae named Canadian ambassador to the United Nations

Bob Rae named Canadian ambassador to the United Nations

Former Ontario leading Bob Rae has been appointed Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations, the Primary Minister’s Office environment introduced Monday.

Rae, who also served as the interim Liberal Social gathering leader concerning 2011 and 2013, will succeed Marc-André Blanchard as Canada’s consultant to the physique.

Rae and Blanchard will tackle the media at 1:30 p.m. ET. CBCNews.ca will carry the remarks reside.

The ambassadorial shakeup arrives fewer than a thirty day period immediately after Canada unsuccessful to secure a momentary seat on the Security Council, losing to Norway and Eire on the first ballot.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tapped Rae for other foreign coverage-related roles in the past. Rae served as Canada’s exclusive envoy on humanitarian and refugee issues during the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

In an job interview with Radio-Canada, the CBC’s French-language support, Rae said he was “very, quite honoured” to be picked by Trudeau for the task.

He claimed his father, Saul Rae, was a job diplomat who also served as Canada’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva and New York in between 1972 and 1976.

“It can be in my DNA,” Rae reported.

Rae said Canada will be pushing for reforms to the UN at a time when international establishments have been examined by the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health and fitness Corporation (WHO), in individual, has confronted criticism for its dealing with of the virus.

“COVID-19 is a revealer — it reveals the weakness and fragility in all our establishments. This will be pretty a lot on my brain as we go ahead,” Rae mentioned.

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“The nicely-remaining of the globe actually relies upon on a rebuild and a reconstruction of our global establishments, and I believe that is the task ahead for Canada and a great quite a few international locations.”

He mentioned while “authoritarianism and nationalism are building a comeback” in some nations around the world, Canada, as a center energy, ought to assist multilateral establishments like the UN.

In his 2009 autobiography, From Protest to Ability, Rae recounts escalating up the son of a diplomat who worked for the then-fledgling Division of Exterior Affairs.

Rae’s father joined the department at the start of the 2nd Entire world War — when Canada was hoping to be much more assertive on the world stage at a time when national pursuits have been nonetheless secondary to the country’s location in the British Empire.

“When my dad joined … there were only 8 in his entry course,” Rae said. “They all shared selected main views about Canada and its put in the planet. The British Tory watch of Canada as a colony was rejected outright.”

Rae’s father, who served along with other diplomatic leaders like previous primary minister Lester B. Pearson, was posted to Mexico, North Vietnam, the Netherlands and the U.S. during his time in the overseas services. Rae invested substantially of his childhood in Washington, D.C. and Geneva throughout his father’s overseas postings.