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David MacNaughton, Canada's ambassador to U.S., to leave post at summer's end

Last Updated Aug 8, 2019 at 11:21 am PST

David MacNaughton, Canada's ambassador to the United States, heads from the microphone after talking to reporters as the Liberal cabinet meets in St. John's, N.L. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
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Canada's ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton, is leaving his position at the end of the summer

MacNaughton will return to the private sector in Toronto, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says

Kirsten Hillman will become Canada's acting ambassador to the U.S.

OTTAWA — Canada’s ambassador to Washington is leaving his post.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says in a statement this morning that David MacNaughton will leave the job at the end of the summer.

Trudeau says MacNaughton will return to the private sector in Toronto.

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Kirsten Hillman will become Canada’s acting ambassador to the United States, having served as deputy ambassador since 2017.

Trudeau says MacNaughton was a key point of contact between Canada, Congress and the Trump administration during tense negotiations of the North American free trade deal.

The prime minister says MacNaughton has earned every Canadian’s gratitude for his work in Washington.