Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named the Honourable Bob Rae as his Special Envoy to Myanmar. Mr. Rae will begin his work immediately, engaging in diplomatic efforts to address the crisis regarding the country’s Rakhine State.
As Special Envoy, Mr. Rae will reinforce the urgent need to resolve the humanitarian and security crisis in Myanmar and to address the situation affecting vulnerable populations, including the Rohingya Muslim community, other religious and ethnic minorities, and women and girls. He will also advise the Prime Minister on how Canada can best support efforts to respond to the needs of those affected and displaced by the recent violence.
Rae previously served as Ontario Premier from 1990-95. He served as Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011-2013. “I am confident that Bob Rae’s vast experience as a lawyer, advisor, negotiator, arbitrator and public servant will help Canada work more effectively with Mayanmar and other international partners to chart a path towards last piece and reconciliation,” Trudeau said.
Canada’s efforts in the region will continue to address both the immediate and long-term political, socio-economic and humanitarian challenges facing the people in Rakhine State and Myanmar. To help address these challenges, Prime Minister Trudeau also announced that Canada will provide an additional $12 million in humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of those affected by this crisis.