Minister Mélanie Joly promises a reorganization of Canadian diplomacy

Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly is promising a plan for a reorganization of the Foreign Service by the fall that would give diplomats a better understanding of the languages ​​and topics relevant to their tasks.

It is critical to ensure we have a modernized diplomacy that is fit for purpose and fit for the 21st centurysaid Minister Joly in a speech to all Canadian heads of mission gathered in Ottawa on Wednesday. The unique challenge lies before us, and how we respond to it will determine the decades to come.

The minister is promising a plan to implement a reorganization of the way Global Affairs Canada hires diplomats, manages its staff and internal systems and prioritizes resources by September 1.

Conflicts, climate change and internal resources

The move comes at a time when the world is gripped by new conflicts, climate change and the rise of authoritarianism. What follows is a series of embarrassing incidents and reviews within Global Affairs Canada.

Last fall, the Commissioner of Public Sector Integrity concluded that the State Department violated federal good governance rules by offering a promotion to an executive who, among other things, did the following: pushed and slapped an employee.

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