OTTAWA—Norman Hillmer says O.D. Skelton was the most influential public servant in Canadian history whose importance in Ottawa was unparalleled. On paper, Skelton was prime minister Mackenzie King's foreign policy adviser in 1923 and the permanent head of Canada's Department of External Affairs who created Canada's professional diplomatic service. But he was so much more. "Skelton was the chief foreign policy counsellor to three prime ministers— William Lyon Mackenzie King, Arthur Meighen, and R.B. Bennett. Under Mackenzie King, he
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