Canada U.S. ambassador to Canada submits his resignation

20:21  06 january  2017
20:21  06 january  2017 Source:   Toronto Star

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OTTAWA—Bruce Heyman, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, has formally tendered his resignation and will leave his post when Donald Trump takes over as president.

Heyman announced the move on Twitter, writing, “As requested I have resigned as U.S. Ambassador to Canada effective 1/20.”

He said that he and his wife Vicki Heyman would leave Canada around the date of the upcoming January inauguration.

In her own tweet, Vicki Heyman paid tribute to the couple’s time in Ottawa.

“It was been an honor & complete delight to represent the U.S. in Canada. We will miss all of you but promise to stay in touch!” she wrote.

While tradition dictates that U.S. ambassadors tender their resignations when a new administration takes over in Washington, American diplomats have often remained in their posts until a replacement is named to smooth the transition and ensure representation remains in place.

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The U . S . ambassador to Canada has confirmed that he is stepping down from his position later this month after an order from president-elect Donald Trump's transition team. "As requested, I have resigned as US ambassador to Canada effective 1/20," Bruce Heyman wrote on Twitter on Friday, adding that he and his wife will be moving from Ottawa "on or around that date." U . S . Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman speaks to journalists at Rideau Hall in Ottawa in 2014. (Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters).

But Trump has taken a different tact, ordering all politically appointed ambassadors put in place by outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama to be out of their posts by inauguration day, the New York Times has reported.

Heyman was confirmed as Obama’s representative to Canada in March, 2014. The long-time executive at Goldman Sachs had been an Obama loyalist and fundraiser.

In a pre-election interview with the Star, Heyman struck an optimistic tone about the future of Canada-U.S. relations, saying that the close relationship would endure, no matter who moves into the White House.

Heyman said that ties between the two nations were broad enough and deep enough to withstand whatever result the election would serve up.

But Trump’s surprise win — and his campaign stances questioning immigration and free trade — undoubtedly now present big challenges for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government, which has enjoyed close ties with Washington during Obama’s tenure.

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