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When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named Stephane Dion to be Canada’s new minister of foreign affairs, I admit I was surprised. Like many, I was expecting Dion to take over the environment portfolio, a very sensitive file that Dion, a former environment minister in Paul Martin’s government, knows better than, perhaps, most of his colleagues.

A quiet and very reserved man, Dion didn’t strike me as an obvious choice to be Canada’s top diplomat and all the high-level schmoozing and wheeling-and-dealing associated with the position.

So to find out whether Dion has what it takes to be the minister of foreign affairs and...

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