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Canada, Britain to share embassies: Queen's University expert


Queen’s University diplomatic relations expert and former Canadian ambassador Louis Delvoie is available to talk about plans to have Britain and Canada share embassies.

The move is seen as a way to cut costs but Mr. Delvoie – a fellow in the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University – feels this is a step back for a country that is trying claim its own identity.

“This is a dumb idea. There are many parts of the world where it’s best not to be identified with Britain, such as in the Caribbean and Africa where Britain was a colonial power. It can also be a threat – in some countries Britain isn’t very popular. The British embassy in Iran was attacked last year – if it was a joint embassy, our Canadian diplomats would have been in danger. If you want to save money, shut down the less-important embassies in countries where Canada has limited interests,” said Mr. Delvoie, a career diplomat who served as the Canadian ambassador to Algeria.

Please note on Monday, September 24, Mr. Delvoie is available after 3 pm and only available for phone itnerviews.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 ormichael.onesi@queensu.ca or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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