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Title: Rona Ambrose next Canadian Ambassador to US?
Post by: Retired AF Guy on December 04, 2019, 11:01:16
The Globe and Mail is reporting that the PM is considering Ambrose as our Ambassador to the US.

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Rona Ambrose is the right choice for Washington ambassador
Lawrence Martin
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published December 3, 2019 Updated 18 hours ago
 
If, as reported, Justin Trudeau is considering Rona Ambrose for the post of Washington ambassador, what an intriguing and inspired choice she would be.

For starters, in an era of venomous political polarization, this would be a splendid show of bipartisanship. Never has a government chosen its U.S. ambassador from the ranks of the Official Opposition party. In the case of Ms. Ambrose, it would be the former party leader, no less.

She would become the first female to hold the post, happily halting a 90-year run of male envoys carrying out the country’s most important diplomatic assignment. The diplomatic corps has been a bastion of maledom for far too long. It’s time to terminate this irrational practice.

Ms. Ambrose would work with another native Albertan, Chrystia Freeland, who runs the U.S. file in her new role as Deputy Prime Minister. As they are two of the brightest stars in the political firmament, it would be a captivating combination, one that could do Canadians proud in charting relations with the deviant White House.

Accepting the post would not be easy. Being a prominent Conservative working hand-in-hand with the Liberals on major trans-border issues would hardly sit well with many of Ms. Ambrose’s party confrères. Mr. Trudeau’s decisions on the bilateral file would be seen as coming with a top Conservative’s stamp of approval, rendering those decisions more difficult for the Opposition to condemn.

There is the possibility that Ms. Ambrose will pass on the offer, if tendered, so as to leave open the opportunity of seeking the Conservative Party leadership. Should the position become open, she would be the leading contender. As interim leader before the party elected Andrew Scheer, during which time she reduced the level of partisan malice brought on by Stephen Harper, party rules prohibited her from running for permanent leader.

The Liberals don’t want to face Ms. Ambrose in that position. A probable prime reason for dangling Washington is to scuttle the possibility.

She is well qualified for the ambassador’s role. In addition to her interim party leadership and many years as a cabinet minister under Mr. Harper, she served as a member of the Liberals’ advisory council on the North American free-trade agreement negotiations. Her conservative credentials would be an advantage when working with Republicans.

On the trade file, she’s been at odds with Mr. Scheer, who castigated the revised NAFTA the Liberals signed with the Trump administration as a “historic humiliation.” It was an ignorant assessment, prompting Ms. Ambrose to counter that Canada did “quite well” in the negotiation, given the difficulties of working with the erratic Donald Trump. She took another shot at Mr. Scheer two weeks ago, tweeting that she “was proud to have been the first Tory leader to march in a Pride Parade.”

In deciding where to turn, she must bear in mind the unusual set of challenges the Washington job presents, especially should Mr. Trump be re-elected. If his ego is gargantuan now, imagine how out of control it will be then.

While he did well in the job, ex-ambassador David MacNaughton faced repeated frustrations. In a sudden and surprise move, he stepped down from the post prior to the federal election without completing a four-year term.

The new ambassador may not have to deal with the trade-agreement file, as there is a strong likelihood that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will be ratified in short order. Democrats and Republicans are close to coming to terms on revisions to the pact.

In the what-else-is-new category, pressure is coming from the White House – Mr. Trump raised the matter Tuesday in London at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization meeting – for Canada to increase its defence spending to 2 per cent of gross domestic product. That’s a long way from the current Ottawa target of 1.4 per cent by 2026-27.
President Donald Trump criticized Canada’s defence spending, saying it was “slightly delinquent” against targets set by NATO. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded by saying Canada has made significant investments in defence but has also stepped up to provide military support to NATO.

Since virtually every U.S. administration has demanded greater Canadian military outlays, the temptation will be to shrug it off. But the Trudeau government might do well to up its defence capacities by more seriously addressing the problem of Arctic sovereignty, an issue that both Mr. Harper and Mr. Trudeau failed to move on, despite their promises.

For the envoy’s job, the Liberals have good options beyond Ms. Ambrose. Seasoned veteran Ralph Goodale, who lost his seat in October’s election, would be solid. Bob Rae, who has been underutilized by the Trudeau team, would make a fine choice.

None, however, offer the bipartisan advantages of having a woman with the stature of Ms. Ambrose in the post.

Link (https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-rona-ambrose-is-the-right-choice-for-washington-ambassador/)

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Stay tuned.

Title: Re: Rona Ambrose next Canadian Ambassador to US?
Post by: Remius on December 04, 2019, 12:54:49


Rona Ambrose would be an excellent choice to replace Scheer.  She is the type of leader the middle of the spectrum voters like myself could vote for. 

In fact I hope she does run. And would love to see her become Canada's first female elected PM.

But she might be looking at the internal issues the CPC has right now and ask if it is worth it.

She is a phenomenal choice for Ambassador. 

Canada will be well served if she takes one or the other.

It may be a strategic move by the LPC but it is a very good one.   

Title: Re: Rona Ambrose next Canadian Ambassador to US?
Post by: Altair on December 04, 2019, 14:14:40

Rona Ambrose would be an excellent choice to replace Scheer.  She is the type of leader the middle of the spectrum voters like myself could vote for. 

In fact I hope she does run. And would love to see her become Canada's first female elected PM.

But she might be looking at the internal issues the CPC has right now and ask if it is worth it.

She is a phenomenal choice for Ambassador. 

Canada will be well served if she takes one or the other.

It may be a strategic move by the LPC but it is a very good one.
Wonder if MacKay is looking for a ambassador job somewhere.
Title: Re: Rona Ambrose next Canadian Ambassador to US?
Post by: Remius on December 04, 2019, 16:32:16
Wonder if MacKay is looking for a ambassador job somewhere.

Well, he isn't from Alberta, a woman,  someone who helped out with the USMCA agreement.

She hits too many check boxes for the LPC to pass up on.  Plus McKay has real sights on the CPC leadership despite what he says.

Would be way to obvious a move.
Title: Re: Rona Ambrose next Canadian Ambassador to US?
Post by: Haggis on December 04, 2019, 19:32:47
Ambrose could probably beat Trudeau in the next election. This is a smart move on the PM's part as it pretty much guarantees he will run against another man, an easy and politically safe target for the Liberal muck racking machine.
Title: Re: Rona Ambrose next Canadian Ambassador to US?
Post by: Brihard on December 04, 2019, 21:31:38
Very canny, if true. This would force her to put her cards on the table quite quickly.
Title: Re: Rona Ambrose next Canadian Ambassador to US?
Post by: Journeyman on December 04, 2019, 21:47:39
Very canny, if true. This would force her to put her cards on the table quite quickly.
Not necessarily.  She could simply provide a "no thank you" without explanation.

It would leave the chateratti to weigh opinions, everything from 'she is clearly interested in Conservative party leadership' to 'who the f**k wants to deal with that stupid, lying, misogynist retard.'
     :dunno:
Title: Re: Rona Ambrose next Canadian Ambassador to US?
Post by: ModlrMike on December 04, 2019, 22:11:08
Must.... not.... post.... the... obvious... reply
Title: Re: Rona Ambrose next Canadian Ambassador to US?
Post by: suffolkowner on December 04, 2019, 22:18:01
oh come on we all are thinking the same thing "which one"
Title: Re: Rona Ambrose next Canadian Ambassador to US?
Post by: Spencer100 on December 05, 2019, 14:44:51
oh come on we all are thinking the same thing "which one"

There goes the keyboard  LOL
Title: Re: Rona Ambrose next Canadian Ambassador to US?
Post by: Hamish Seggie on December 05, 2019, 18:32:39
Not necessarily.  She could simply provide a "no thank you" without explanation.

It would leave the chateratti to weigh opinions, everything from 'she is clearly interested in Conservative party leadership' to 'who the f**k wants to deal with that stupid, lying, misogynist retard.'
     :dunno:

Which retard are you speaking of? 😳
Title: Re: Rona Ambrose next Canadian Ambassador to US?
Post by: Spencer100 on January 07, 2020, 11:38:43
Both