Tuesday, April 19, 2005

The art of diplomacy. And big bucks.

What does it take to be the new U.S. ambassador to Canada? Well, a fine sense of diplomacy.

OTTAWA (CP) -- U.S. President George W. Bush paid a visit Monday to one of his top Republican fundraisers, heightening expectations that the meeting would end with the announcement that David Wilkins is to be Washington's new ambassador to Canada. Bush was in South Carolina to meet Wilkins, a longtime associate and family friend who is also Speaker of the state legislature. It has been widely expected that Wilkins, a 58-year-old lawyer, will become ambassador in Ottawa. He would replace Paul Cellucci, who retired earlier this year.

Oh, and a talent for raising lots of money for Republicans. That too.

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