Martha Dilys Buckley-Jones – Wikipedia

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Canadian diplomat

Martha Dilys Buckley-Jones is a former Canadian diplomat. She was appointed Chargé d’Affaires a.i. to Guatemala then as High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago then concurrently to Zambia and Malawi.

Her work in multiple countries has been cited in the news. In the late 1960s, while Buckley-Jones worked at the Canadian embassy in Lima, Peru, her work centered on providing visas and information for the Canadian citizens living in Peru.[1] In 1984, The Globe and Mail noted she was called “a tower of strength in Canada’s External Affairs Department” as she helped Canadians leave Nicaragua during political crisis in Latin America.[2] In 1985, Buckley-Jones worked at the embassy in Lebanon when the staff of the Canadian embassy moved from Lebanon to Beirut due to safety concerns,[3] and discussed the presence of Canadian citizens in Iran during the 1985 departure of foreigners from Iran.[4] She also discussed Canada’s support of the United States and Great Britain in interactions with the Soviet Union,[5] and smooths diplomatic incidents such as Jim Karygiannis’s issues when he visited Trinidad in 1991.[6][7] In 1990, Buckley-Jones was named as official at the rank of ambassador to Guatemala, which was controversial given the human rights abuses in Guatemala.[8][9] In her work in the Canadian External Affairs department, Buckley-Jones is widely cited, including discussions on recovery of hostages from southern Sudan,[10] issues surrounding the appointment of Bryce Mackasey as ambassador to Portugal,[11][12] and relations between Canada and the Vatican[13] the United States[14] and Mexico.[15]

She has provided advice for Canadians traveling overseas,[16] and worked to help Canadians encountering legal difficulties while they are overseas.[17]


  1. ^ Humphrey, Edythe (October 6, 1967). “The Calgary Herald – Google News Archive Search”. The Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  2. ^ Doyle, Doyle, Richard J. (6 January 1984). “Where to turn in troubled times?”. The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ontario. p. 7 – via ProQuest.
  3. ^ “Safety the reason, Clark says Embassy staff quits Beirut for Jordan”. Globe & Mail. Toronto, Ontario. June 15, 1985 – via ProQuest.
  4. ^ “Hundreds to flee Iran in airlift”. Globe & Mail (Toronto, Canada). March 19, 1985 – via ProQuest.
  5. ^ “Canada joins U.K., U.S. in rejecting call for freeze”. Globe & Mail (Toronto, Canada). April 12, 1985 – via ProQuest.
  6. ^ Bryden, Joan (16 March 1991). “Diplomatic gaffe lands Liberal MP in hot water”. The Gazette. Montreal, Quebec. p. A12.
  7. ^ “Liberal MP creates diplomatic incident in Trinidad”. Edmonton Journal. 1991-03-16. p. 3. Retrieved 2022-03-06.
  8. ^ “Guatemala to get top envoy despite rights-abuse record”. The Gazette. Montreal, Quebec. 20 June 1990. pp. B5 – via ProQuest.
  9. ^ Whittington, Les (1990-06-20). “Envoy planned for Guatemala”. Calgary Herald. p. 26. Retrieved 2022-03-06.
  10. ^ “Hostage’s family joyful”. The Windsor Star. July 9, 1983.
  11. ^ “Mackasey on payroll despite job hitch”. The Montreal Gazette. The Montreal Gazette. September 13, 1984.
  12. ^ Wimhurst, David (July 13, 1984). The Montreal Gazette. The Montreal Gazette.
  13. ^ Kennedy, Mark (August 8, 1984). “Little concern as Vatican envoy appointed dean”. Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa Citizen.
  14. ^ “US seeks oil bids for disputed waters off Alaska, B.C.” The Phoenix. The Phoenix. June 4, 1984.
  15. ^ Morissette, Brigitte (February 6, 1981). “La culture ne suit pas la courbe des affaires”. Le Devoir.
  16. ^ “The Leader-Post”. The Leader-Post. August 11, 1984.
  17. ^ Smith, Dave. Dad collecting bail for his son. The Sun.

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