The International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) announced Monday that Geoffroi Montpetit, from the political branch of the Liberal Party of Canada, will succeed Canadian Catherine Cano, who left her post last fall.

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Mr. Montpetit is currently Chief of Staff to the Federal Minister of International Development, Karina Gould. He also held this position in the ministerial offices of the previous Chrétien and Martin Liberal governments.

His appointment as administrator of the OIF was formalized on Monday. Mr. Montpetit will take office in the coming weeks, it was posted on Twitter.

In his new functions, Mr. Montpetit will succeed Cano, who left hastily in October, in a climate of “persistent disagreements” with the secretary general of La Francophonie, Louise Mushikiwabo.

The latter had herself succeeded the former Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean. From 2014 to 2018, Jean was dominated by a succession of controversies, including that on the costs of renovating his official apartment in Paris.


Mme Mushikiwabo has initiated a restructuring of the OIF and the implementation of transparency measures, at the request of the governments of Canada and Quebec, two important members of the OIF.

In Quebec, the office of the Minister of International Relations, Nadine Girault, said yesterday that the government had made joint proposals with the federal government for the post of administrator. “We will not comment in detail on the process,” we were told.

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The Quebec government will follow “with attention” the reforms underway within the OIF.

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