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Rae named new Canadian ambassador to the United Nations

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
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Bob Rae has been named Canada's new ambassador to the UN


Rae has been Canada's special envoy for humanitarian and immigration issues


The former interim leader of the federal Liberals was also once a special envoy to Myanmar


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

He announced the appointment Monday 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.

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