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The chancery is responsible for monitoring Canada’s national and international policy and ensuring coordination between all of the Embassy’s different services.
The traditional term “diplomatic chancery” or “political chancery” refers to the team of career diplomats within an Embassy who do preparatory work for the Ambassador.
In Ottawa, the team is led by the Minister-Counsellor, who assists the Ambassador in all of his or her duties and fills in for the Ambassador as necessary. In the event of the Ambassador’s absence, the Minister-Counsellor takes on the role of Head of Mission as the Chargée d’affaires.
Under the authority of the Minister-Counsellor, and working closely with all of the other services of the Embassy, political counsellors divide up political dossiers to oversee.
The Chancery’s missions are as follows:
- To provide the French government with information about Canadian policy at both the national and international levels;
- To represent and defend France’s diplomatic positions in contact with the Canadian government, particularly Global Affairs; and
- To contribute to the organization of official visits of French authorities to Canada.