U.S. ambassador leaving Canada (January 04, 2005)

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OTTAWA, Ont. — U.S. ambassador to Canada Paul Cellucci has announced plans to leave his post in March.

Cellucci recently reassured industry insiders about the future of transborder trucking at the Ontario Trucking Association’s annual convention this past fall.

He is famous for criticizing Canada for its plans to decriminalize marijuana and for its refusal to participate in the war in Iraq.

Cellucci has let it be known that he is leaving his post for a career in the private sector. The former Massachusetts governor will return home after a four-year stint as the top U.S. bureaucrat in Canada.

Canadian embassy spokeswoman Beth Poisson told reporters Cellucci “would like to go out and do something a little more lucrative.”

Cellucci, 56, a long time Republican, had been touted for a post in the Bush administration.

There is no news yet as to who his replacement will be.

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