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Justin Trudeau nominates new Commissioner of Official Languages and Lobbying

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Justin Trudeau Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sports a Fleur de Lis on his cheek at a street party for the Fete National du Quebec on June 24, 2017 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Justin Trudeau Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sports a Fleur de Lis on his cheek at a street party for the Fete National du Quebec on June 24, 2017 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has nominated an official languages commissioner as well as a lobbying commissioner.

Trudeau's choice for the languages job is Raymond Theberge, who has been president and vice-chancellor of Universite de Moncton since 2012.

The Franco-Manitoban's name began circulating last week as the likely successor to Graham Fraser.

Madeleine Meilleur withdrew her candidacy earlier this year following accusations from the opposition she was too closely linked to the governing Liberals.

For the lobbying position, Trudeau has gone for Nancy Belanger, who currently has a high-ranking position at the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada.

The Prime Minister's Office says Belanger's legal career with the federal public service spans more than two decades.

Both nominations must be approved by the House of Commons and the Senate.