Joe Clark, former prime minister of Canada, has been appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as his special envoy to persuade foreign governments to support Canada’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.
Clark served as the 16th prime minister of Canada between 1979 and 1980. He gained leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party in 1976 and defeated then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau in the 1979 election. He is considered to be “a highly respected elder statesman who embodies and projects Canadian values, both at home and abroad,” wrote Paul Deegan in an article marking last year’s 40th anniversary of the election of Clark as prime minister. Deegan continued, stating that “in these bitterly divided times, [Clark’s] example should be emulated. A leader, who has always been true to himself, true to his country, and true to his world, Clark has always sought to build bridges, rather than settle scores.”
“I look forward to helping strengthen these important relationships, including on issues such as peace and security,” noted Clark about his new role. “Canada is committed to working together with our partners toward a more peaceful and inclusive world.” From March 2-9, he will travel to Algeria, Bahrain, Qatar and Egypt in order to seek votes and “continue to strengthen bilateral relationships between Canada and the four countries.”
Joe Clark is a Member of the Inter-American Dialogue.