President Barack Obama’s chosen successor to David Jacobson will have his hands full juggling bilateral irritants in between some of his favourite winter past times [sic] that include hockey, snowshoeing and skiing.
• Sun Media national reporter Mark Dunn welcomes Bruce Heyman, U.S. Ambassador-Designate until yesterday, when he presented his letters of credence to Governor-General David Johnston at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
‘I have a message, and it’s a message from the American people to all Canadians,’ Heyman said off the top of his first availability with Canadian journalists. ‘Thank you.’
Heyman locked his eyes directly on a pool television camera, and went on to list the reasons why Americans are so thankful to have Canadians as their neighbour, friend and ally.
‘It’s sometimes difficult to be a friend, and we are deeply appreciative of Canada always being there with us,’ he said.
• Canadian Press reporter Mike Blanchfield is on hand for Ambassador Heyman’s first remarks to the foreign press.
Heyman and wife Vicki are big fans of the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Cubs, and — despite now taking up residence in Canada — he won’t hide his support for American sports teams, especially in the Windy City, his hometown.
‘Hockey is something that I’m going to be very sensitive to, and I recognize the deep love that the Canadians have,’ he added.
‘I’m a supporter of Chicago, all things Chicago in sports, and I’m going to be a supporter of U.S. teams when they play here, but I appreciate the love that Canada has for its hockey.’
• The Ottawa Citizen’s Parliament Hill reporter Jason Fekete reveals Ambassador Heyman’s bold decision not to hide what’s in his heart, April 8, 2014.
As Chicagoans, winter is our season.
We love snowshoeing, skiing and
cheering on our favorite hockey team!
• Vicki Heyman in a March, 2014 U.S. Embassy video in which she and her husband present their bona fides to Canadians.