Canada’s new ambassador presents credentials

Canada’s new ambassador to Latvia, Claire A. Poulin, has presented her credentials to President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, the president’s press office has announced.

Poulin replaces Robert Andrigo, who served as ambassador since 2002.

Poulin most recently worked in the Parliament of Canada as director general of International and Interparliamentary Affairs and as chief of protocol, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Educated at the Université de Provence in French literature and civilization, Poulin’s early career took her to the Dominican Republic and Tunisia. She joined the foreign affairs department in 1991 and has worked in Argentina and France.

Canada opened its embassy in Rīga in 1993. The embassy also serves Canada’s interests in Estonia and Lithuania.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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