Former liberal minister Ralph Goodall, who left active politics in 2019, was just appointed High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Wednesday by his former boss Justin Trudeau.
Mr Goodall, 71, will advise the Prime Minister of Canada on all major issues affecting the UK. Britain’s exit from the European Union and the Trade Continuity Agreement between Canada and the United Kingdom, in effect since April 1, will be among the topics he will have to monitor.
Mr. Goodall was a Member of Parliament for Saskatchewan from 1993 to 2019. He was in particular the Minister of Finance, Public Safety and Natural Resources in the Liberal Governments of Jean Chretien, Paul Martin and Justin Trudeau.
Ralph Goodall’s decades-long experience serving Canadians well will continue in his new role as High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. As a trusted advisor in London, he will work to strengthen the friendship between our two countries as we work together to overcome the biggest challenges we face In a statement, Trudeau said he would also continue to provide thoughtful and sincere advice on behalf of Canadians.
This is the second term given to Ralph Goodall since leaving the House of Commons. In recent months he has worked as a special advisor to Prime Minister Trudeau regarding the tragedy of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752. Iran shot down this civilian flight on January 8, 2020, killing 176 people, 138 of them with links to Canada.