‘I think the way we are doing it is quite difficult but we have no choice,’ says French Ambassador Kareen Rispal, who thinks the pandemic has also created a ‘revival’ in the importance of missions.
Swedish Ambassador Urban Ahlin, left, French Ambassador Kareen Rispal, Norwegian Ambassador Jon Elvedal Fredriksen, and New Zealand High Commissioner Martin Harvey reflect on how COVID-19 has forced their missions to adapt.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, and courtesy of the French, Swedish, and New Zealand mission offices
The pandemic has disrupted how diplomats do their work, but they say it’s also made clear the importance of local connections and information in response to a crisis.
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Brian Clow, executive director of issues management, parliamentary affairs and Canada-U.S. relations remains at the helm, and works closely with Elise Wagner, adviser for issues and Canada-U.S. relations within the PMO.
One-term former Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes talks to The Hill Times about her life in federal politics and about her upcoming book, Can You Hear Me Now?, and she says she's not ruling out a return to the Hill.