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Representing Canada in Kenya

Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki welcoming Canada's representative Bhupinder S. Liddar and his partner Ms. Meghie Brar to State House in Nairobi at celebrations of Kenya's Madaraka (Self-Government) Day in June 2009. (Photo: IPS).

Minister of Foreign Affairs Pierre Pettigrew today announced the appointment of Bhupinder S. Liddar as Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Nairobi, Kenya.

October 31, 2005 (1:00 p.m. EST)

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Ex-envoy urges government to abolish CIDA

Liddar claims agency has created culture of dependence

The Ottawa Citizen

September 29, 2009 4:07 AM

By Jennifer Campbell

 

Bhupinder Liddar told the Citizen in an e-mail that 'there is nothing' to recent reports that he is to be recalled from his diplomatic post in Nairobi.

Liddar to remain at Nairobi post: UN representative denies reports of a recall Bhupinder Liddar says rumours that he is to be recalled from his diplomatic posting in Nairobi have, as far as he knows, no basis in fact.

The Ottawa Citizen

March 3, 2006

By Charles Enman

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Back home on foreign mission

He was born, brought up and had his early education in Kenya. Though he was at liberty to remain a Kenyan or join his migrating family to settle in the United Kingdom or even seek American citizenship, he chose to become a Canadian.

Daily Nation, Nairobi, Kenya

January 15, 2006

By Elly Wamari

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Once Spurned Diplomat's Win-Win Outcome

Bhupinder Liddar's new job in Kenya brings him back to his roots and allows him to savour the fact that he has been appointed by not one, but two prime ministers.

Embassy

November 2, 2005
By Sarah McGregor

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Liddar appointment to UN position in Kenya

A diplomatic candidate whose appointment to India was scratched because of a flawed CSIS report has been given a new job as a United Nations representative in his native Kenya.

Canadian Press
November 1, 2005

By Stephen Thorne

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Liddar probe is an example of how CSIS 'destroys lives': former CSIS member: A former CSIS member lashes out at the spy agency, but CSIS stands by its investigative work.

A former member of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service says the spy agency's recent slipshod investigation of Bhupinder Liddar whom CSIS mistakenly declared a security threat because of its "regrettable" attitude that supporting Arab causes can be suspicious, is "just another typical example of how CSIS destroys some peoples' lives and careers."

The Hill Times

September 19, 2005
By Kate Malloy and F. Abbas Rana

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Ottawa Apologizes To Liddar

There was something not quite right with the government's 'story' on Bhupinder Liddar, designated under Chretien to be the first Consul General in Chandigarh. He was yanked from the post even before he could go to India on grounds of insufficient security clearance. His friends wondered then if Ottawa had been so tardy in its security that they didn't probe the background of Liddar prior to appointing him to a very sensitive post where he was likely to be privy to some of Canada's secrets?

Weekly Voice Newspaper

September 19, 2005

by Binoy Thomas

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Watchdog 'misled' by CSIS

Secret report blasts agency's investigation of public servant it deemed a security risk

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service "purposefully misled" the agency charged with overseeing it in a likely attempt to "suppress information that was embarrassing to the Service," a new report finds.

Globe and Mail

September 14, 2005

By Bill Curry and Colin Freeze

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Error #2: Liddar inquiry misled

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service "purposefully" misled an inquiry into the Bhupinder Liddar case, and the rookie investigator who argued against a security clearance for Mr. Liddar destroyed his notes after interviewing him, a scathing report indicates. That agent later claimed he could not remember responses to key questions, the report says.

The Ottawa Citizen

September 14, 2005

By Tim Naumetz

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Watchdog rips 'biased' report

The civilian watchdog that oversees Canada's spy agency has condemned CSIS for drafting a "fundamentally flawed and biased" report that halted the appointment of a diplomat to India.

Sun Media, Parliamentary Bureau

September 14, 2005

By Kathleen Harris

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Mystery of missing consul-general

Ottawa - A bold experiment in engaging persons of Indian origin (PIOs) and non-resident Indians (NRIs) in deepening relations with India has left a lot of red faces in Canada and raised eyebrows in South Block.

The Telegraph, Calcutta, India

September 11, 2005

By K.P. Nayar

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Keeping a tight lid on the Liddar job flap

The problems of Bhupinder Liddar don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world, but we need to pay attention to them anyway.

Globe & Mail

September 6, 2005

By John Ibbitson

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Diplomatic appointment could proceed after clean review: PM

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Paul Martin suggested in private correspondence last year that the appointment of former journalist Bhupinder Liddar as a consul-general to India could go ahead if a review of allegations he was a security risk found the claims to be false.

National Post

August 27, 2005
By Tim Naumetz

CanWest News Service

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Martin-Chrétien Feud Embarrassing

Conservatives Support Liddar Diplomatic Post

OTTAWA - Stockwell Day, M.P. Okanagan-Coquihalla and Official Opposition Foreign Affairs Critic, called on Prime Minister Paul Martin to “get out of the sandbox and quit the spitting matches with Jean Chrétien.”

Stockwell Day, MP
Official Opposition Critic 

Foreign Affairs

August 23, 2005

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Our man in Chandigarh?

The saga over the very botched diplomatic appointment of Bhupinder Liddar, whose posting to Chandigarh, India was bizarrily frozen about six months after he got it in October 2003, appears to be finally over now that both the Security Intelligence Review Committee and the Department of Foreign Affairs have granted him security clearance.

The Hill Times

 August 22, 2005
By  Paco Francoli

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Diplomatic fiasco sparks threat of legal action

Prime Minister Paul Martin's government is being threatened with legal action if it doesn't follow through with a diplomatic appointment made by former prime minister Jean Chretien.

Sun Ottawa Bureau

August 18, 2005

By Maria McClintock

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Liddar Gets His Clearance

Once Spurned Diplomat Welcomed Into the Security Fold

Foreign Affairs' chief bureaucrat sent a letter this month to a former journalist whose diplomatic posting to India was revoked after Canada's spy agency deemed him a security threat, saying that the department reconsidered its decision and has granted him security clearance, according to a document obtained by Embassy.

Embassy

August 17, 2005
By Sarah McGregor

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Diplomat's posting on hold despite security clearance

The deputy minister of Foreign Affairs granted a security clearance nearly two weeks ago to Bhupinder Liddar, but the former journalist's appointment to a diplomatic position in India is still on hold.

The Ottawa Citizen

August 17, 2005

Tim Naumetz

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Liddar seeks full three-year posting

Bhupinder Liddar's long wait continues. The would-be diplomat, whose appointment was rescinded based on the Canadian Security Intelligence Service's assertion that he was a security risk, is back in a holding pattern after the civilian committee that oversees CSIS cleared his name. 

The Ottawa Citizen

August 17, 2005

Jennifer Campbell

Citizen Special

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‘King of Punjab’ in limbo despite security OK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS, Ottawa won’t commit to giving Bhupinder Liddar back his diplomatic posting

The federal government won’t commit itself to giving Bhupinder S. Liddar back his diplomatic posting as the so-called “king of Punjab” despite his being cleared of any security risk last week.

Vancouver Sun/Ottawa Citizen

August  13, 2005

By Peter O'Neil

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Isn't it all dirty politics about Liddar?

 

We back in India always agonise over the sorry state of our politics. How criminals and feudals have taken over reins of power in Gandhi's land. How they get elected to the Indian Parliament. How they flout every law in the book (By the way, India has more laws than any other country on the face of this planet).

Hindustan Times, Canada Diary

August 12, 2005

By Gurmukh Singh

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Bhupinder's Back

Outgoing Saudi Arabian envoy says Bhupinder Liddar will bounce back, praises Canada's openness to legal appeals.

The clearance last week of a former journalist who was wrongly deemed a national security risk and stripped of a diplomatic posting to India is a testament to the exceptional fairness of Canada's legal system, says the outgoing Saudi Arabian Ambassador in Ottawa.

Embassy

August 10, 2005
By Sarah McGregor

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Public inquiry needed to clear the air around India posting

Ind MP David Kilgour says the blocked appointment has been an 'embarrassment' for Bhupinder Liddar who was finally cleared two weeks ago to take up the job as consul general to Chandigarh he got nearly two years ago.  Prime Minister Paul Martin should set up an inquiry to determine why Bhupinder Liddar, a former journalist appointment as Canada's consul general to Chandigarh, India nearly two years ago, was wrongly denied security clearance by Canada'a spy agency to take up the job, says Independent MP David Kilgour.

The Hill Times

August 08, 2005

By F. Abbas Rana

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Would-be diplomat 'improperly' denied post

CSIS oversight group exonerates Liddar over security clearance

A former journalist whose diplomatic appointment to India was mysteriously blocked two years ago when the Canadian Security Intelligence Service ruled him a security risk, has been cleared by the civilian committee that oversees CSIS.

The Ottawa Citizen

August 04, 2005

By Tim Naumetz

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Spy agency rebuked for denying post to consul-general, citing national security

Canada's spy agency received a rebuke yesterday from its civilian watchdog, which concluded that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service was wrong to block a diplomatic appointment to India over national security concerns.

The Globe and Mail
August 04, 2005

By Bill Curry

 

Not just a socialite

Ottawa -- In an otherwise excellent story on the Security Intelligence Review Committee's recommending top-secret security clearance for my appointment as Canada's consul-general in Chandigarh, India (Watchdog Raps CSIS For Blocking Appointee -- Aug. 4), Bill Curry refers to me as "a well-known socialite in Ottawa." While this is an essential part of anyone's life who is involved in politics and diplomatic events, as I have been in Ottawa since 1977, I am concerned that it may leave an impression of my inadequate qualifications.

 

Hence, it would be helpful to mention that I hold a bachelor's degree in international relations from Rockford College in Rockford, Ill., and a master's in social sciences (development studies) from the University of Illinois, and was publisher/editor of Diplomat & International Canada magazine for 15 years until I was appointed consul-general in 2003.

The Globe and Mail

Letter to the Editor

August 5, 2005

From Bhupinder Liddar

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Would-be diplomat Liddar wins big round in fight with government

A review committee has struck a blow to the federal government in a diplomatic dustup, backing a consular nominee's claim that he was unjustly declared a security risk before his posting to India was revoked.

Canadian Press
/Maclean's
August 03, 2005

By Stephen Thorne

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Good job if you can get it
DIPLOMAT BEING PAID WHILE HE AWAITS RULING

A JILTED diplomat is collecting a $120,000-a-year salary for the job he was never allowed to fill but plans to sue the government if he's not cleared for the post.

Sun

May 22, 2005
By  Kathleen Harris

Ottawa Bureau

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Taxpayers still paying for appointee not on the job
Consul general to India in limbo after post frozen; wants to know reason

Two years after his appointment as consul general to India was frozen by Canada's security agency, Bhupinder Singh Liddar still has no answers -- and taxpayers are paying his six-figure salary until the matter is resolved.

The Ottawa Citizen

April 19, 2005
By Grant Robertson

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Canada feels Kanishka heat

There was a lot of Indian news in Canada this week.
...... In fact, this year the Baiskahi celebrations in parliament began last week when over 300 VIPs, including MPs, ambassadors and high commissioners, prominent Canadians and Canadians of other faiths, attended a gala function..

Hindustan Times, Canada Diary

April 15, 2005
By Gurmukh Singh

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If Bhupinder Liddar Were in the U.S.A.
The Bhupinder Liddar saga is back in the news. With his appeal to the Security Intelligence Review Committee over the Canadian Security Intelligence Service ruling to deny him a security clearance due to open with two sessions in mid-October followed by further hearings in early November and December, Liddar will get his long-sought "day in court."

Embassy News, Ottawa

October 20, 2004
by David Jones

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Glory to humiliation in just five months
There was much fanfare when Bhupinder Liddar, a Sikh-Canadian, was appointed by then prime minister Jean Chrétien as consul-general to Chandigarh, India, last October.

Toronto Star

June 1, 2004

By Nicholas Keung


Pictured from left to right:
Natural Resources Minister Honourable Herb Dhaliwal, P.C., M.P., Consul General Bhupinder S. Liddar, Prime Minister Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, and High Commissioner to India, Her Excellency Lucie Edwards, at the opening on October 25, 2003, of the Canadian Consulate in Chandigarh, India.

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October 31, 2005 (1:00 p.m. EST)
No. 201

DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENT

Minister of Foreign Affairs Pierre Pettigrew today announced the appointment of Bhupinder S. Liddar as Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Nairobi, Kenya. 

The Deputy Permanent Representative to UNEP represents Canada’s views and policies to the Committee of Permanent Representatives, its sub-committees and to the management of the organization. The Deputy Permanent Representative provides strategic and tactical policy analysis and advice on the advancement of Canadian foreign policy and environmental objectives within the UNEP on such issues as conservation of biodiversity, restoring the ozone layer, and water and sanitation for development. 

As Deputy Permanent Representative for UN-Habitat, Mr. Liddar will work to bring an international perspective to the Government of Canada’s preparations for the World Urban Forum, which will be held in Vancouver next June on the 30th anniversary of the first Habitat conference in that city in 1976. The Deputy Permanent Representative to UN-Habitat also represents Canada’s views and policies to the Committee of Permanent Representatives, its sub-committees and to the management of UN-Habitat.

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A biographical note on the appointee is attached.

For further information, media representatives may contact:

James Christoff
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
(613) 995-1851

Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs Canada
(613) 995-1874
http://www.international.gc.ca

Biographical Note

Bhupinder S. Liddar (BA [International Relations], Rockford College, 1973; MA [Social Sciences], University of Illinois, 1975) was Publisher/Editor of Diplomat & International Canada magazine from 1989 to 2003. He was host of “The Diplomatic World”, a weekly panel discussion on current international issues broadcast on CPAC-TV, and “The Diplomatic World” columnist for The Hill Times. Mr. Liddar also wrote columns on diplomats for The Ottawa Citizen from 1997 to 1999, and The Ottawa Sun from 1992 to 1994. From 1986 to 1988, he was Associate Editor of International Perspectives. He worked as a parliamentary research assistant from 1977 to 1980 and from 1986 to 1988. Mr. Liddar is a member of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs and the United Nations Association of Canada, and a former member of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery and the National Press Club of Canada.

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NEWS RELEASES

 

September 14, 2005 (11:00 a.m. EDT)

No. 164

 

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND MR. BHUPINDER S. LIDDAR

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs Pierre Pettigrew and Mr. Bhupinder S. Liddar issued today the following statements upon the release of the Security and Intelligence Review Committee’s (SIRC) report on his security clearance:

 

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish to take this opportunity to express our sincere regret for the impact the delays related to Mr. Liddar’s diplomatic appointment have had on him both personally and professionally,” said Mr. Pettigrew. “With Mr. Liddar’s consent, I also wish to confirm publicly that the government has granted him a top secret security clearance based upon the recommendations of Canada’s Security and Intelligence Review Committee.”

 

“I am pleased that the Minister and the government have expressed regret over the delay in making my appointment and delighted that the government has issued a security clearance to me,” said Mr. Liddar. “I am also pleased with the SIRC decision and look forward to serving Canada.”

 

The government and Mr. Liddar are in discussions regarding his diplomatic appointment, which will conclude in the near future, and have no further comments to make about this matter at this time.

 

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

 

Sébastien Théberge
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
(613) 995-1851

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Statement by the Deputy Prime Minister

Date Published: 2005-09-14 / Full Statement

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Anne McLellan today issued this statement in respect of the report of the Security Intelligence Review Committee on the complaint by Mr. Bhupinder S. Liddar.

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Statement by Mr. Liddar's lawyer, Ms. Janice Payne: August 16, 2005

 

We just met with Mr. Liddar and agreed that we can now add that we are, on Mr. Liddar's behalf, continuing our discussions with government legal.counsel and are insisting that his appointment be honoured for the usual full 3 year term.  Discussions are continuing.  If discussions fail, we expect to release the decision and comment more fully on it by the beginning of September.  You can so advise any media who contact you.

 

End of statement

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Statement by Mr. Liddar's lawyer, Ms. Janice Payne: August 8, 2005

 

SIRC has released its report containing its findings in response to Mr. Liddar's complaint that he was improperly denied a Top Secret security clearance following his appointment on October 21st, 2003 as Consul General to Chandigarh, India.  The report upheld Mr. Liddar's complaint and specifically recommends that he be granted a Top Secret security clearance.

 

The Honourable Paule Gauthier reviewed exhaustively the evidence brought before her and was categorical in her findings that there was no basis for the conclusion that CSIS drew that Mr. Liddar should be denied the necessary security clearance.

 

Mme Gauthier's report has completely removed any possible concern that
there could have been concerning Mr. Liddar and his appointment.  We are currently reviewing the SIRC report and are engaged in discussion with DFAIT legal counsel in an effort to resolve and agree on appropriate action with respect to Mr. Liddar's appointment.  We hope to be in a position to advise further in that regard shortly.

 

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Statement by Ms. Alexa McDonough

"Mr. Liddar deserves to know and Canadians want to know what role government officials, agencies and departments have played in freezing Mr. Liddar's appointment so that his name may be cleared"

May 5, 2004 | Full Story
House of Commons   

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CBC Television (The National)

"Bhupinder Liddar knows all too well about international political stories, but he probably didn't know he'd become the subject of one," Peter Mansbridge

April 20, 2004 | Full Story

Transcript   

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