Former foreign affairs minister John Manley has questioned the wisdom of assigning Conservative MP Peter MacKay both the foreign affairs and Atlantic Canada development portfolios.

"You need a full-time minister," Mr. Manley told Embassy after speaking at a defence and foreign affairs conference in Ottawa on Monday. "I know when I was foreign minister it was a fulltime job.

"A foreign minister should be visiting other countries," Mr. Manley added. "And I'm sure [Mr. MacKay] wants to be visiting other countries."

The decision to carry both the foreign affairs and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) portfolios was made by Mr. MacKay and Prime...

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