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Thursday February 16, 2006
Michael Wilson, a high-profile cabinet minister under Brian
Mulroney, will be Canada's next ambassador to
Washington, CTV News has learned.

The appointment of Wilson, 68, to the plum diplomatic
post is expected to be widely welcomed in Washington.

CTV's Ottawa Bureau Chief Bob Fife says Wilson is well
known in American political and financial circles, largely
because he helped negotiate the Canada-United States Free
Trade Agreement.

"This is a guy who can pick up the phone and call Dick
Cheney, the Senate Majority leader, or President Bush's
chief of staff," Fife said, adding that the announcement is
expected to be made at the end of the week.

Wilson is best known as the federal finance minister who
introduced the much-maligned Goods and Services Tax in
1990 during his tenure in Mulroney's cabinet. In 1989,
however, he had to read his budget out in a public telecast
during a NHL playoff game after a copy was leaked to the

After quitting politics, he returned to Bay Street and joined
RBC Dominion Securities.

In 2004, Wilson was named to the Order of Canada for
serving as a "force for positive change throughout his
Harper to name Michael Wilson as U.S. ambassador
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