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Lawrence Cannon named Canada’s new ambassador to France


 

Former Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon became the latest losing Tory to cash in Thursday, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper named him Canada’s new ambassador to France. Various Parliament Hill types tweeted the news in the early afternoon, with many pointing out just how great a gig losing as a Conservative has become.

“Lawrence Cannon becomes Ambassador to France,” wrote iPolitics’ Elizabeth Thompson. “Unemployment rate among defeated #CPC candidates continues to drop.”

“Lawrence Cannon as ambassador to France,” added Janice Tibbets, formerly of Postmedia News, “talk about coming out ahead after losing the election!!”

Our own Paul Wells, for one, was surprised by the news. “Trying to remember whom I assured that Cannon, a famous Pontiac homebody, didn’t want a foreign post and wouldn’t take one,” he tweeted. “I’m going to be gloated at. Sigh.”

Of course, no one here at Macleans.ca would dream of gloating at Wells, our illustrious Political Editor. In fact, we were not entirely sure, until this moment, that gloating was something you did “at” people at all.


 
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Lawrence Cannon named Canada’s new ambassador to France

  1. The diplomatic corp used to be a venue for highly trained professionals among whom an ambassadorship was the ultimate career goal. Now, the senior posts are filled by political hacks like Cannon.

    • Oh please. Appointing a high profile person who clearly knows the PM shows France that Harper might actually take the relationship seriously. That’s far more important than letting some faceless bureaucrat enjoy a few years in Paris at the end of his/her career.

      • Oh sorry, silly of me…guess I’m still living in the day when credentials and professional competence counted for something.

        • No, you’re living in some make-believe dreamland where you think if you sit around somewhere long enough then it automatically qualifies you for the top job there. The reality is that any senior cabinet minister is more of an asset to both Canada and France as our ambassador to France than a bureaucrat. That’s life. Deal with it.

          • I could equally suggest that you’re living in a world where patronage is now all that counts and that this is merely the Cons’ (short lived) opportunity to belly up to the trough and securely pace their failed sycophants (like loose Cannon).

            There was a time when (you could look it up) the professional civil service was largely insulated from this kind of featherbedding and actually took pride in its non-partisan ability to advise the government of the day. The Liberals seriously compromised that understanding with some of their diplomatic appointments. Then Harper came along and totally destroyed the impartiality of the senior civil service.

            And, I would suggest, the Cons are still dismantling the non-partisan civil service at every opportunity. If that’s your definition of good governance, I guess you win…for now

          • You could equally suggest that but I think you would be hard-pressed to actually argue that a former minister of foreign affairs is not qualified to be an ambassador. I am somewhat sympathetic to what you’re saying about the civli service but I think deep down you probably also know that these patronage appointments can make sense and be a better decision than simply appointing a senior civil servant. Frankly, I find this an odd hill for you to try and fight the patronage battle. We are talking about someone who held senior portfolios over two minority governments. To try and paint him as some “failed sycophant” is kind of ridiculous but whatever.

          • I could equally suggest that you’re living in a world where patronage is now all that counts and that this is merely the Cons’ (short lived) opportunity to belly up to the trough and securely pace their failed sycophants (like loose Cannon).

            There was a time when (you could look it up) the professional civil service was largely insulated from this kind of featherbedding and actually took pride in its non-partisan ability to advise the government of the day. The Liberals seriously compromised that understanding with some of their diplomatic appointments. Then Harper came along and totally destroyed the impartiality of the senior civil service.

            And, I would suggest, the Cons are still dismantling the non-partisan civil service at every opportunity. If that’s your definition of good governance, I guess you win…for now

          • Disqus sucks.

            It will not allow me to delete a redundant comment that only happened because of its primitive interface.

            I hereby join legions of others who have apparently abandoned this comment board.

  2. Pity the French. Pity Canada. Is this all it takes to be a diplomat? Embarrassing!

  3. I think writing up a bunch of tweets like it was a news report is about the most pathetic thing I’ve ever seen in print.

    • Just slightly behind complaining about such a thing, even.

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