Canadians Freak at Prospect of Ambassador Sarah Palin

Impolite reaction greets suggestion Trump could name her to diplomatic post
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2017 8:37 AM CST
Canadians Badly Want Sarah Palin to Stay in Alaska
Sarah Palin speaks in Denver in July 2016.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

You'd think Canadians would be thrilled by the prospect of having a hockey mom with a fondness for moose stew as the US ambassador to Canada. Not so much. The White House refused to rule out former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for the vacant post on Wednesday, reports the Guardian, and plenty of Canucks took to social media to express their dismay. "Appointing Sarah Palin as the US ambassador to Canada is, like, ultimate trolling," tweeted one. "This is entirely because Sarah Palin can see Canada from Alaska, isn't it?" tweeted another. The Week rounds up other standout tweets, including one suggesting Canada name Nickelback as ambassador to the US as payback.

When asked directly about the rumor on Wednesday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said there were "no additional ambassador nominations or announcements to make." But the Guardian notes Palin has been mentioned "in conversations in Ottawa and Washington as a potential prospect for the job." However, such a role would force Palin to "give up her lucrative speeches and television appearances, which have helped make her an estimated $12 million," columnist Andrew Cohen writes at the Ottawa Citizen. He is decidedly not in favor of the idea, adding Palin would also "have to learn to speak one of our official languages," meaning English or French, and "live in a land of naifs who favor immigrants, gay marriage, the United Nations, and NATO." (More Sarah Palin stories.)

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