03/10/2020 10:34 EDT | Updated 03/10/2020 10:43 EDT

Bob Rae Tapped By Trudeau To Serve As Canada's Special Envoy For Humanitarian, Refugee Issues

The former interim Liberal leader previously served as an envoy for Myanmar.

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Canadian special envoy Bob Rae releases a report on the humanitarian and security crisis in Myanmar at a press conference in Ottawa on April 3, 2018.

OTTAWA — Former Liberal leader Bob Rae is being named Canada’s special envoy for humanitarian and refugee issues.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is appointing Rae to the new role to continue the work he started as the special envoy to Myanmar two years ago.

Rae spent seven months in 2017 and 2018 assessing what drove upwards of 600,000 Rohingya out of their homes in Myanmar and into neighbouring Bangladesh, creating a  humanitarian crisis.

He made 17 recommendations for Canada’s response including ramping up humanitarian aid and welcoming more refugees from the region.

Trudeau says the new job for Rae will including continuing to lead Canada’s diplomatic efforts to resolve the Rohingya crisis.

But he’ll also work with the United Nations, the international community and Canadians to address other humanitarian and refugee issues.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 10, 2020.