Ottawa, Ontario
January 31, 2017

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that he will be proposing the Honourable Stéphane Dion to the European Union and the German government as Canada’s Ambassador to the European Union and Germany.

As the senior Canadian diplomat in Europe, Mr. Dion will play a central role in advancing Canada’s interests, ensuring coherence across the activities of Canadian missions and providing strategic guidance to the Prime Minister.

Mr. Dion's position will be an enormous strategic benefit for Canada. He will engage with European partners at the highest levels on behalf of the Government of Canada, spending his time in both Brussels and Berlin.

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“Stéphane’s commitment to Canada knows few parallels, and I am grateful he has agreed to undertake this unique and important task. As Canada’s senior voice in Europe, I know he will continue to serve his country in an extraordinary way and help deepen Canada’s enduring relations with Europe.”
— Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada