Eldon Pattyson Black

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Eldon Pattyson (Pat) Black (15 October 1925 – 3 November 1999) was a Canadian diplomat.[1][2]

In 1967 Black was appointed minister (second-in-command) to the Embassy of Canada in France.[3] Canada–France relations were tense following Charles de Gaulle's Vive le Québec libre speech and, in 1969, Black was accused of interfering in French national elections.[4] Years later, in 1996, Black would publish a book titled Direct Intervention: Canada-France Relations, 1967-1974 (ISBN 0886292891).[5] Graham Fraser, in a review published in the International Journal, praised it as "a valuable account, clear and detailed in its description of the challenge Canadian diplomats faced in dealing, day-to-day, with an ally whose government had taken a decisively hostile position on the central question of Canada's future."[6]

Black returned to Canada where he took a position as a Department of External Affairs Foreign Service Officer working in foreign intelligence.[7] In 1978 Don Jamieson, Minister of External Affairs, asked Black to fill a new deputy under-secretary position in his department to deal with the increasing threat of terrorism.[7][8]

In 1985 he was appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Holy See.[9] Prior to that appointment he had been chargé d'affaires in Cairo.[10]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Pierre Dumas
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Holy See
1985-1989
Succeeded by
Théodore Jean Arcand

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lumley, Elizabeth (1999). The Canadian Who's Who. University of Toronto Press. p. 117. 
  2. ^ Starnes, John K. (Spring 2000). "CASIS Remembers Eldon Pattyson ('Pat') Black". CASIS Intelligence. Canadian Association for Security Intelligence Studies. p. 3. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Appointments". Montreal Gazette. 1 November 1967. p. 7. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Creery, Tim (24 October 1969). "Meddling charge 'absurd'". Ottawa Citizen. Southam News. p. 1. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Direct Intervention, November 1996". JSTOR. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Fraser, Graham (Autumn 1997). "Canada Reviews". International Journal 52 (4): 729. 
  7. ^ a b "Jamieson creates new security position". Star Phoenix. Canadian Press. 4 August 1978. p. 4. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  8. ^ International Perspectives (2): 19. 1985 http://books.google.com/books?id=AEIkAQAAIAAJ |url= missing title (help). 
  9. ^ "Pope welcomes Canadian envoy". Toronto Star. 8 November 1985. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Clark announces series of diplomatic appointments". The Leader Post. Canadian Press. 29 June 1985. p. A16. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 

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