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Rae named new Canadian ambassador to the United Nations

Last Updated Jul 6, 2020 at 10:24 am EDT

Bob Rae looks back at the media as he leaves the Liberal caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday Oct. 23, 2008. Rae is being named Canada's new ambassador to the United Nations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is naming Bob Rae as Canada’s new ambassador to the United Nations.

He announced the appointment this morning.

It’s the latest appointment for the former Ontario premier under Trudeau, after having been Canada’s special envoy for humanitarian and immigration issues and, before that, special envoy to Myanmar.

The 71-year-old was interim leader of the federal Liberals prior to Trudeau’s taking over the party in 2013.

Rae succeeds Marc-Andre Blanchard as ambassador following Canada’s unsuccessful effort to win a seat at the UN Security Council.

Canada was defeated on the first ballot last month by Norway and Ireland.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 6, 2020.

The Canadian Press