Well, well, well, we have our first potential confirmed candidate! Mr. McKenna, [who perhaps read that he was the Next Face odds on favorite], resigned his post in Washington tonight and tried to build on the momentum that we have created here in our little blog. It seems that Next Face is both read and revered by at least one of the three favoured candidates.
His resignation letter is reproduced below :
501 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
January 24, 2006
Mr. Stephen Harper
Prime Minister Elect
c/o The Conservative Party of Canada
1720 - 130 Albert Street
CANADA K1P 5G4
Dear Mr. Harper,
I want to extend sincere congratulations on your success in today's election.
It was a hard-fought campaign and you have received a very significant vote of confidence from the Canadian public. I know the feeling of exhilaration when the people express confidence in your leadership and vision.
It has been a great privilege for me to serve as Canada's Ambassador to the United States throughout the past year. I was most grateful for your personal support and that of your Party during my Committee Hearing on the Appointment. It has also been a tremendous personal satisfaction to have been able to serve with the outstanding men and women of this Embassy and Consulates across the United States of America. Canadians may not fully appreciate the strength and commitment of these dedicated public servants who serve our country so proudly.
I've always placed great value on the importance of the Canada-U.S. relationship, and, in a short period of time, have learned much about how this critical link can be improved and expanded. In that regard, I would be pleased to offer my full co-operation in sharing insights on management of the many significant and crucial issues that we deal with on a daily basis.
However, I believe you would agree that the enormous value of a political appointment to this position is based on the ability to work intimately with the Canadian Government. It is this perception of closeness that provides a strong platform for the Canadian Ambassador to advance Canada's interest.
While I would have no difficulty working with you or your Government, it would be virtually impossible to establish the appearance of total confidence and support in a jurisdiction where political Ambassadorial appointees traditionally resign immediately after an election.
Consequently, it is in the best interest of our nation that I submit to you my resignation as Canada's Ambassador to the United States. I would be pleased to continue to serve until such time as a replacement is named or, I could depart more expeditiously if it is your wish.
With warmest personal regards and best wishes for a productive mandate.