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Erstwhile BC premier John Horgan becomes ambassador in Germany

Canadian Ambassador John Horgan

Friday, 8 December 2023, Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany: Canadian politican John Horgan was received by German Federal President Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier for his accreditation ceremony as top diplomatic envoy of Canada, and a subsequent tête-à-tête. 

John Joseph Horgan, born on August 7, 1959, has had an illustrious career that spans across continents and sectors. With a foundation in education from Trent University in Canada where he earned his B.A. in 1983, and the University of Sydney in Australia where he completed his M.A. in History in 1986, Horgan has built a reputation as a dedicated public servant and a champion of progressive policies.

Horgan’s political journey began in earnest when he was elected as the leader of British Columbia’s New Democratic Party in 2014, a role he held until 2022. His commitment to his constituents was evident as he served in British Columbia’s parliament from 2005 to 2023, where he worked tirelessly to represent their interests and to bring about meaningful change.

His tenure as 36th Premier of British Columbia from 2017 to 2022 was marked by significant milestones. Under his leadership, the province became the first in Canada to adopt legislation in line with the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Peoples. This was a landmark move, demonstrating Horgan’s dedication to reconciliation and his respect for Indigenous rights and cultures.

Advocacy for sustainable growth and environmental stewardship was also central to his premiership. Horgan navigated British Columbia through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, extreme natural disasters like floods and wildfires, and also spearheaded North America’s most comprehensive climate action plan, reinforcing his commitment to clean energy and climate resilience.

Before his electoral success, Horgan made impactful contributions in the House of Commons in Ottawa and served the Government of British Columbia with distinction. His roles included that of Associate Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Finance and as the principal negotiator for the Columbia River Treaty with the United States, showcasing his adeptness in both financial governance and international diplomacy.

As of December 8, 2023, John Horgan has embarked on a new chapter as the Canadian Ambassador to Germany. With his vast experience, personal integrity, and a proven track record of leadership, Ambassador Horgan is set to strengthen the ties between Canada and Germany, fostering mutual cooperation and understanding on a global stage.

For further information 

Embassy of Canada in Germany: https://www.international.gc.ca/country-pays/germany-allemagne/berlin.aspx?lang=eng

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