22 SEPTEMBER 1939, Page 6

The appointment of a new Canadian Minister at Wash- ington

is only less important in present circumstances than the appointment of a new British Ambassador. It is hard to see how Mr. Mackenzie King could have found anyone better qualified than Mr. Loring Christie, who, as was announced on Monday, is to succeed Sir Herbert Marler. Mr. Christie, who is a King's Counsel, has had considerable international experience, at the Peace Conference and at Geneva. In the later phase of the Washington Naval Confer- ence in 1921-22 he was secretary of the whole British Empire Delegation after Sir Maurice Hankey's return to England. He knows Great Britain well and the United States well. and, what will be particularly valuable, he knows Lord Lothian well. The British Ambassador and the Canadian Minister should make a singularly strong and harmonious combination.

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