Goldman Sachs Partner Bruce Heyman Appointed as Ambassador to Canada

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | March 14, 2014 3:28 PM EST

Goldman Sachs partner Bruce Heyman has been appointed as the next U.S. ambassador to Canada. U.S. President Barack Obama already nominated him six months back. The U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment on Wednesday March 12.

CBC News reported that Minnesota Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar expressed her pleasure to see Mr Heyman be appointed for the job. Mr Heyman is one among the topmost political fundraisers for Mr Obama. Ms Klobuchar has said that having an ambassador to Canada is "pretty important" as Canada happens to be the top trading partner for the U.S. There has not been any U.S. ambassador to Canada since David Jacobson's exit in 2013. The Chicago lawyer's departure left the post vacant as Democrats and Republicans kept on fighting for a suitable candidate.

Even though Mr Heyman has been pretty quiet about his nomination, he did not miss the opportunity to announce how he felt on Twitter.

On the other hand, Canada has also expressed how delighted it is to see the confirmation of the appointment. Foreign Affairs Minister of Canada, John Baird, used his official Twitter account too, to congratulate Mr Heyman.

Additionally, Mr Baird's Director of Communications Rick Roth said that Canada would look forward to working "closely" with Mr Heyman. He said that the country would continue to develop a strong relation with the Obama administration on their "shared priorities" including job creation. Mr Roth also indicated that the countries would continue to work together for the prosperity of both Americans and Canadians.

Senator Dick Durbin earlier issued an official statement to notify that he was proud to support the confirmation of Mr Heyman. He said that he was pleased that his colleagues in the Senate agreed upon him unanimously, Chicago Tribune reported.

Mr Heyman has to move to Ottawa to produce his credentials to the Governor General. He should, however, be sworn in by the U.S. Department of State before he leaves. Every ambassador is obligated to go through such formality. Interestingly, Mr Heyman's appointment is confirmed after the Senate had received a letter from the Canadian American Business Council that asked both leaders to end "partisan gamesmanship" to confirm Mr Heyman's appointment.

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