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Charest to help Canada's UN Security Council bid

The federal government has picked former Quebec premier Jean Charest to help Canada secure a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Canada has been campaigning for a spot for 3 years

Jean Charest is close to Canada's ambassador to the UN, Marc-André Blanchard, who is helping coordinate Canadian efforts to win the security council seat. (Graham Hughes/CANADIAN PRESS)

The federal government has picked former Quebec premier Jean Charest to help Canada secure a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council.

A Global Affairs Canada official says Charest has already visited the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Kuwait in his new role as special envoy.

The special envoy job doesn't come with a salary but Charest is eligible to have his mission-related expenses covered.

Charest is close to Canada's ambassador to the UN, Marc-André Blanchard, who is helping coordinate Canadian efforts to win the prized security council seat.

Blanchard is a former president of the Quebec Liberal party.

He was also chair and chief executive officer at the law firm McCarthy Tétrault, at which Charest is a partner.

Canada hasn't had a seat on the security council since the country's last two-year term ended in 2000.

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