Canada Stéphane Dion quits political life after being dumped from Trudeau cabinet

22:35  10 january  2017
22:35  10 january  2017 Source:   The Gazette

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Stéphane Maurice Dion PC MP (born 28 September 1955) is a Canadian politician who has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet headed by Justin Trudeau since 2015. The Member of Parliament of Canada for the riding of Saint-Laurent—Cartierville in Montreal since 1996

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Dumped from the Trudeau cabinet, Saint-Laurent-Cartierville MP Stéphane Dion is quitting politics.

In a statement issued just as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was swearing in a new federal cabinet on Tuesday that did not include him, Dion said while he enjoyed the “incredible adventure” of public life, he now will be pursuing his future outside active politics.

Trudeau announced that Dion would be replaced as Canada’s foreign affairs minister by Chrystia Freeland, who had been minister of international trade.

“Over the last 21 years, I have devoted myself to my riding, to my fellow citizens, to Quebec, to all of Canada, to the role that we must play in the world and to the Liberal Party of Canada,” Dion said in his statement.

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“Now I shall deploy my efforts outside active politics. I have enjoyed political life, especially when I was able to make a difference to benefit my fellow citizens.

“I emerge full of energy… renewable. But politics is not the only way to serve one’s country. Fortunately.”

There have been reports Trudeau intends to name Dion ambassador to Germany and the EU, but that Dion had yet to accept the roles.

A former academic, then-prime minister Jean Chrétien brought Dion into cabinet with his chief role being to counter the arguments of Quebec’s separatist movement. He was later elected in 1997 as the MP for Saint-Laurent-Cartierville.

He also served in Paul Martin’s cabinet. In 2006, he was the surprise winner of the party’s leadership race, but quit in 2008 after failing to win a federal election.

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