Sunday, April 01, 2012
3 Reasons Why the Next Canadian Ambassador to China Should Be a Political Appointment
1. Sending a strong politically connected ambassador sends a signal to Chinese that we are serious about upgrading the China relationship in Canada’s international priorities. It is a lot better than sending a bland DFAIT Mandarin. We need someone senior in this post.
2. This sort of person will not have one eye on going into business with the Chinese and getting rich after ambassadorship ends. Better not to have future personal Chinese plans overshadowing his pursuit of Canadian interests while still a humble incomed civil servant.
3. This sort of person is more likely to press on with follow through on the FIPA, etc.