U.S. Senate confirms new ambassador to Canada

After many months without a U.S. ambassador to Canada, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Bruce...

After many months without a U.S. ambassador to Canada, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Bruce Heyman to the post. (Twitter/BruceAHeyman)

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After many months without a U.S. ambassador to Canada, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Bruce Heyman to the post.

 

Heyman, a Goldman Sachs banker and fundraiser for President Barack Obama, was nominated last year and faced confirmation hearings before American senators in December, but the vote on his nomination didn't take place until Wednesday afternoon.

In his testimony to the U.S. Senate committee on foreign relations, Heyman talked about his own family's ties to Canada as one example of the "links" that bind the two countries.

"If confirmed, I plan to embrace this unique mosaic of Canadian history, culture and people by visiting the diverse communities across the beautiful and expansive country of Canada in each of its 10 provinces and three territories," he said.

Canada's Foreign Minister John Baird tweeted his congratulations shortly after the vote Wednesday, adding, "I look forward to welcoming you to Canada soon."

The ambassador post had been vacant since July, when David Jacobson left the job. 


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