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Is Sarah Palin about to become the US ambassador to Canada?

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Kenneth Chan Feb 09, 2017 5:46 am 2,836

Could Sarah Palin call the Lornado residence in Ottawa her new home? You betcha! No, not the Tina Fey version – the real one.

There is some speculation that the former Alaska governor could bring her dog and pony show to the True North by being appointed as the United States’ new ambassador to Canada.

During a White House press briefing earlier this week, when asked about whether Palin is being eyed for the position, White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not rule out the possibility.

The position was vacated by Barack Obama-appointee Bruce Heyman on Donald Turmp’s inauguration day and has yet to been filled. All foreign ambassadors were ordered by Trump to leave their positions on January 20, but there were no immediate plans on who would fill the key international relations roles, especially for countries such as Canada and Mexico which have close economic and political ties to the US.

Trump has only nominated or filled a handful of ambassador positions, including the positions for the US ambassador to IsraelIrelandUnited Nations, and the European Union (EU). The prospect of Ted Malloch becoming the ambassador to the EU was condemned by members in the European Parliament last week as the businessman is known to hold views that support the dissolution of the political and economic union.

Selecting Palin, known for her controversial views that conflict with long-held liberal Canadian values, would align with Trump’s apparent mantra of disrupting the established political system, both domestic and foreign. And it is likely that such an appointee will be condemned as well.

Canadian reaction

Charlie Angus, the NDP Member of Parliament for the riding of Timmins-James Bay, aptly reacted in this way on Twitter:

And former Prime Minister Kim Campbell couldn’t be any blunter in her assessment.

If the U.S. does decide to nominate Palin to the position the Canadian government does have the option of rejecting her appointment. Under the Vienna Convention’s diplomatic relations section, although it is seldom practiced, receiving nations reserve the right to reject a diplomatic appointment and a reason does not have to be provided.

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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