In a recent cabinet shuffle the Harper government has appointed a new minister of state of foreign affairs for the Americas. Diane Ablonczy is the new “point-person” for diplomats in the Americas. Ablonczy’s main role will be to strengthen the government’s priorities in various Latin American countries. Former international trade minister David Emerson said,
Ms. Ablonczy will be a good communicator in her new position as the minister of state of foreign affairs for the Americas, and she will be very active as well.
“She is a very thoughtful, articulate woman,” he said. “If you can deal with people effectively, it goes a long way in foreign affairs.”
The former trade minister also described Ms. Ablonczy as someone who has “a very good grasp of economic issues.”On the left, former minister of state of foreign affairs for the Americas, now Harper’s new environment minister, Peter Kent. On the right, Diana Ablonczy, newly appointed minister of state for the Americas.
A generally unfamiliar face to the diplomatic community, Ms. Ablonczy will have to fill the shoes of the charismatic Mr. Kent, who has been receiving mostly glowing reviews from Latin American and Caribbean foreign representatives in this country. This is Ms. Ablonczy’s first formal foreign policy file. For the last year she served as minister of state for seniors, while from October 2008 to the beginning of 2010 she served as minister of state for small business and tourism.
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