Allan Gotlieb

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(diplomat, author)
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Winnipeg, Manitoba
DiedApril 18, 2020 (Age 92)
Alma materUniversity of Winnipeg, University of California at Berkeley, University of Oxford, Harvard Law School
SpouseSondra Gotlieb
Member ofRhodes Scholar/1951, Trilateral Commission
Quad Bilderberger Canadian diplomat
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Allan Ezra Gotlieb was a Canadian public servant and author who was made Canadian Ambassador to the United States from 1981 to 1989. Like a lot of Canadian Ambassadors to the United States, Gotlieb was a Bilderberger. He was a member of the Carlyle Group's Canadian advisory board and a member of the Trilateral Commission.[1]

Life and career

His parents, David and Sarah Gotlieb, were very active in Jewish community and Israel support activities. Sarah Gotlieb was a leading figure in Canadian Hadassah and was national president of the organization from 1951 to 1955.[2]

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Gotlieb studied at United College (now the University of Winnipeg) for two years before transferring to the University of California at Berkeley where he received his BA.[3] He received his MA from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and his LL.B degree from Harvard University, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review.[3][4]

In 1957, he joined the Department of External Affairs.[3] From 1960 to 1964, he served on Canada's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and at the Conference on Disarmament.[3] In 1965, he wrote the book Disarmament and International Law, a book discussing disarmament during Cold War tensions. From 1967 to 1968 he was assistant undersecretary and led the legal division at External Affairs.[3] From 1968 to 1973, Gotlieb was deputy minister of the Department of Communications, and from 1973 to 1976 deputy minister of Manpower and Immigration. From 1977 to 1981 he was assistant undersecretary at External Affairs.[3]

Gotlieb met Pierre Trudeau shortly after Trudeau was first elected to Parliament in 1965. While Trudeau was first parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Lester Pearson and then minister of justice, the two men developed a close working relationship and consulted often on issues of federal-provincial relations and foreign affairs. When Trudeau became prime minister in 1968, Gotlieb was appointed deputy minister of the Department of Communication and in 1971 deputy minister of manpower and immigration.[2]

Most notably, Gotlieb was Canadian ambassador to the United States from 1981 to 1989.[4] His signature moment as ambassador occurred during the negotiation of the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement, where he "played a vital role in persuading the US to adopt a position that Canada could accept."[5]

He and his wife Sondra Gotlieb were known for their parties attended by figures in Washington. Sondra's book Washington Rollercoaster recounted the Gotliebs' years in Washington, when she also wrote a column for The Washington Post. Sondra attracted publicity on March 19, 1986, when she slapped her social secretary at an official dinner she and her husband were hosting in honour of the Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney and U.S. Vice-President George H. W. Bush.[6]

After Gotlieb and his wife returned to Canada in the early 1990s, they moved to Toronto. From 1989 to 1994, Gotlieb was chairman of the Canada Council. He was also publisher of Saturday Night magazine. In 1992, Gotlieb was the Canadian representative on the arbitration panel that decided the Canada–France Maritime Boundary Case; Gotlieb dissented from the panel's decision in the case and wrote a dissent.[citation needed]

Gotlieb was an honorary and former fellow of Wadham College, Oxford and was a visiting fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.[7]

Hollinger Inc. was among his corporate directorships. He was also chairman of Sotheby's Canada, former chairman of the Ontario Heritage Foundation, and was chairman of the board of governors of the Donner Canadian Foundation, known for its annual literary prize. He was also a senior advisor in the law office of Bennett Jones.[8]

Gotlieb was an art collector, notably of the work of 19th-century painter James Tissot. He and his wife donated their Tissot collection to the Art Gallery of Ontario.[9]

Gotlieb was a proponent of combining North American economic, defence, and security arrangements within a common perimeter and, in 2002, he advocated for a “grand bargain” with the U.S. to create new trade rules and institutions.[10] He argued “Wouldn’t this ‘legal integration’ be superior to ad hoc responses and largely ineffective lobbying to prevent harm from Congressional protectionist sorties?"[10]

On the art of diplomacy in Washington, he said in 2009, "You have to get the power shakers, including the media, into your dining room. When an ambassador makes a phone call to a powerful congressman, he'll return the call once, but after that you have to make a personal relationship."[11] Gotlieb published his diplomatic memoirs, The Washington Diaries, in 2006.

Personal life

He married Sondra Gotlieb (née Kaufman) in December 1955. Gotlieb died on April 18, 2020 from cancer and Parkinson's disease at his home in Toronto.[12] The Gotliebs had three children, one of whom predeceased him in 2003.[3]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/198625 April 198627 April 1986Scotland
Gleneagles Hotel
The 34th Bilderberg, 109 participants
Bilderberg/198912 May 198914 May 1989Spain
La Toja Island
37th Bilderberg meeting, 110 guests
Bilderberg/19958 June 199511 June 1995Greece
Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel
The 43rd Bilderberg. Held at the Burgenstock Hotel in Burgenstock, Switzerland.
Bilderberg/199630 May 19962 June 1996Canada
The 44th Bilderberg, held in Canada


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