March 1st, 2024

Longtime Liberal cabinet minister Carolyn Bennett to become envoy to Denmark: source

By The Canadian Press on January 16, 2024.

Former mental health and addictions minister Carolyn Bennett is set to become the next ambassador to Denmark, according to a senior government source. Bennett rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, June 1, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA – Longtime Liberal member of Parliament and former cabinet minister Carolyn Bennett is set to become the next ambassador to Denmark.

A senior government source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss matters not yet public, says the announcement is expected this week.

Bennett was most recently the mental health and addictions minister, but left cabinet last July shortly after announcing she would not seek re-election.

She is still the MP for Toronto-St. Paul’s, but announced Dec. 12 she would step down early and gave her farewell speech in the House of Commons.

Other Liberal ministers that Trudeau has named to diplomatic postings include Ralph Goodale, who is Canada’s high commissioner in the United Kingdom, and Stéphane Dion who is now the ambassador to France.

Canada’s current ambassador in Copenhagen is Denis Robert, who has been in the role since 2021.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 16, 2024.

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