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Harper confirms Wilson as U.S. ambassador, McNee to UN

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Thursday that former finance minister Michael Wilson is Canada's new ambassador to the United States.

In confirming the news, which was leaked out on Tuesday night, Harper also named John McNee as the ambassador and Canadian representative to the United Nations.

Wilson takes over from Frank McKenna, the former New Brunswick premier.

"Strong Canada-U.S. relations are a priority for my government," said Harper in a news release.

"Mr. Wilson's indepth knowledge and experience in the financial sector and in government will make him a strong advocate for Canada in negotiations with our most important bilateral partner."

The 68-year-old was finance minister under then prime minister Brian Mulroney for seven years. He also held other portfolios for a shorter time, including industry, international trade, and science and technology.

He's best known for helping to broker the Canada-U.S. free trade agreement and introducing the GST.

McNee, who replaced former cabinet minister Allan Rock, has worked with the Foreign Affairs Department and served as ambassador to Syria, Lebanon and Belgium.

"His indepth knowledge of issues important to our multilateral agenda and his work on the government's Task Force on International Peace and Security make him the ideal candidate to advance Canadian interests at the United Nations," said Harper.



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