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Stéphane Dion

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Canadian Ambassador to Germany
Assumed office
1 May 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Preceded by Marie Gervais-Vidricaire
Special Envoy of Canada to the European Union and Europe
Assumed office
1 May 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Preceded by Position established
12th Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
4 November 2015 – 10 January 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Preceded by Rob Nicholson
Succeeded by Chrystia Freeland
Leader of the Opposition
In office
2 December 2006 – 10 December 2008
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Bill Graham
Succeeded by Michael Ignatieff
Leader of the Liberal Party
In office
2 December 2006 – 10 December 2008
Deputy Michael Ignatieff
Preceded by Bill Graham (interim)
Succeeded by Michael Ignatieff
Minister of the Environment
In office
20 July 2004 – 6 February 2006
Prime Minister Paul Martin
Preceded by David Anderson
Succeeded by Rona Ambrose
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
In office
25 January 1996 – 11 December 2003
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
Preceded by Marcel Massé
Succeeded by Pierre Pettigrew
President of the Privy Council
In office
25 January 1996 – 11 December 2003
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
Preceded by Marcel Massé
Succeeded by Denis Coderre
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saint-Laurent
Saint-Laurent—Cartierville (1996–2015)
In office
25 March 1996 – 6 February 2017
Preceded by Shirley Maheu
Succeeded by Emmanuella Lambropoulos
Personal details
Born
Stéphane Maurice Dion

28 September 1955 (1955-09-28) (age 65)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s)
Janine Krieber (m. 1986)
Children 1
Education Laval University (BA, MA)
Sciences Po (PhD)
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Stéphane Maurice Dion PC (born 28 September 1955) is a Canadian diplomat, political scientist and retired politician who has been the Canadian Ambassador to Germany and special envoy to the European Union since 2017. Dion was Minister of Foreign Affairs under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from 2015 until he was shuffled out of Cabinet in 2017. He was also the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons from 2006 to 2008.

Dion was Member of Parliament for the Montreal riding of Saint-Laurent from 1996 until 2017. Dion was recruited by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien in 1996 to be Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs in the aftermath of the 1995 Quebec sovereignty referendum. His reference question to the Supreme Court of Canada, produced Reference Re Secession of Quebec and his Clarity Act, which provided guidelines for subsequent referenda. Dion was in charge of implementing the Kyoto Protocol as Minister of Environment for Chrétien's successor, Paul Martin, whom he succeeded as party leader after the Liberal defeat in the 2006 federal election. Dion ran on an environmental platform in the 2008 federal election, but was defeated by Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper. After the subsequent parliamentary dispute, he was replaced as Liberal Leader by Michael Ignatieff.

Before entering politics, Dion was a professor of political science at the Université de Montréal whose research focused on Canadian federalism and public administration. He frequently wrote and spoke out against the Quebec sovereignty movement.

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