The Political Chancery [fr]
42 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 2C9
The traditional term "diplomatic chancery" or "political chancery" refers to the team of career diplomats within an embassy who work for the Ambassador.
In Ottawa the team is led by the Deputy Head of Mission, who assists and steps in for the Head of Mission in all of his/her functions. In the latter’s absence, the Deputy Head of Mission acts as Head of Mission in the capacity of chargé d’affaires.
In close liaison with all other embassy departments, the political advisers share in the responsibility of monitoring political issues.
The Political Chancery has the following missions:
to inform the French government on Canadian policy, both domestic and foreign;
to represent and defend French diplomatic positions with the Canadian authorities;
to facilitate official visits of French authorities to Canada.