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Shades of The Diplomat: Horgan greets UK Ambassador

Canada & UK ambassadors connect in Germany

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Canada's Ambassador to Germany, John Horgan, with UK's Ambassador to Germany, Jill Gillard. [Horgan / X]

Friday January 19, 2024 | LANGFORD, BC

by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends

Well if this ain’t a slice out of the Netflix fictional series The Diplomat … just ‘John from Langford’ connecting with the United Kingdom (UK) Ambassador to Germany, Jill Gallard.

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Canada’s Ambassador to Germany, John Horgan, Dec 8, 2023. [social media]

Today Horgan posted on X: “It was my great pleasure to welcome UK Ambassador @jillgallard to the @CanEmbGermany today. Our countries are long-standing allies and I look forward to working together here in Germany.”

Horgan was appointed Canada’s Ambassador to Germany on November 1, 2023, by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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Christmas on home turf:

Horgan was back in Greater Victoria over the 2023 Christmas break.

He made a cameo appearance on a Global TV tour of the BC Legislature and attended various events including a holiday season open house at his old constituency office and a tour of the UVic Aerospace Research Centre in Sidney.

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The Urban Food Resilience Initiatives Society is based in the west shore of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

Horgan is keeping a foot in the west shore of Vancouver Island as a community leadership mentor at Royal Roads University.

The Diplomat drama:

Art imitates life.

The Diplomat is an American political action drama created by Debora Cahn. It premiered on Netflix on April 20, 2023. In May 2023 it was renewed for a second season. 

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The Diplomat series on Netflix is about the adventures of a fictional US Ambassador to the UK. [Netflix]

In Season 1, the Netflix series goes deep into global political relations and strategies, including musings about replacing the vice president of the United States with the fictional ambassador (more on that in Season 2 this spring).

Lead actress Keri Russell was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Mary P Brooke has followed the politics of the west shore since 2008, through a series of publications in which John Horgan was an editorial contributor or himself the subject of editorial journalism.

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Premier John Horgan takes a moment’s pause to pose with Island Social Trends Editor Mary P Brooke, at the Sooke Community Sport Box opening on June 26, 2022. [Darcy Smith]

Horgan’s trajectory was written about in the printed pages of MapleLine Magazine (2008-2010), Sooke Voice News (2011-2013), and West Shore Voice News (2014-2020) — all of which are archived hardbound in the permanent collections at the Sooke Region Museum.

Ms Brooke was involved in community growth politics right from arriving in Sooke in 2007 through to moving to Langford in 2017, and continuing now in both journalism and the furtherance of urban food resilience.

Mary P Brooke’s political analysis with regional, provincial and national scope continues forward in Island Social Trends which has presented daily news since mid-2020 at IslandSocialTrends.ca. The Island Social Trends print edition will launch in January 2024.