Eldon Pattyson Black

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

Black was educated at Selwyn House School and studied law at McGill University.[3][4]

In 1967, Black was appointed minister (second-in-command) to the Embassy of Canada in France.[5] 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.[6] Years later, in 1996, Black would publish a book titled Direct Intervention: Canada-France Relations, 1967-1974 (ISBN 0886292891).[7] 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."[8]

Black returned to Canada where he took a position as a Department of External Affairs Foreign Service Officer working in foreign intelligence.[9] 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.[9][10]

In 1985 he was appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Holy See.[11] Prior to that appointment he had been chargé d'affaires in Cairo.[12]

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


  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" (PDF). CASIS Intelligence. Canadian Association for Security Intelligence Studies. p. 3. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Selwyn House School Yearbook 1949
  4. ^ Selwyn House School Yearbook 1962
  5. ^ "Appointments". Montreal Gazette. 1 November 1967. p. 7. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Creery, Tim (24 October 1969). "Meddling charge 'absurd'". Ottawa Citizen. Southam News. p. 1. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Direct Intervention, November 1996". JSTOR j.ctt80nsv. 
  8. ^ Fraser, Graham (Autumn 1997). "Canada Reviews". International Journal. 52 (4): 729. doi:10.2307/40203253. 
  9. ^ a b "Jamieson creates new security position". Star Phoenix. Canadian Press. 4 August 1978. p. 4. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  10. ^ International Perspectives (2): 19. 1985 https://books.google.com/books?id=AEIkAQAAIAAJ.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "Pope welcomes Canadian envoy". Toronto Star. 8 November 1985. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Clark announces series of diplomatic appointments". The Leader Post. Canadian Press. 29 June 1985. p. A16. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 

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