Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I wish to announce the appointment of Mr. Charles S. A. Ritchie as ambassador of Canada to the United States of America. Mr. Ritchie, who is at present permanent representatives of Canada to the United Nations, will succeed Mr. A. D. P. Heeney.
I should like to pay tribute to the outstanding service rendered by Mr. Heeney in his two tours as Canadian ambassador in Washington. He has rightly earned the highest commendation for his devoted and highly successful role as Canada's representative in the United States. His next assignment and the name of Mr. Ritchie's successor at the United Nations will be the subject of announcements at an early date.
Since joining the Department of External Affairs in 1934 Mr. Ritchie, who studied at the University of King's College, Halifax, Oxford, Harvard and the Ecole Libre de Sciences Politiques in Paris, has held a variety of important appointments at home and abroad. His first assignment abroad was in Washington in 1936 and during the war years he was a member of the high commissioner's staff at Canada house in London. He later served as counsellor at the Canadian embassy in Paris. In 1950 he became an assistant under secretary of state for external affairs, and in 1952 he was appointed deputy under secretary. He was appointed ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany and head of the military mission, Berlin, in 1954. In 1957 he was appointed permanent representative of Canada to the United Nations. As Canada's representative there he made a valuable contribution in furthering Canadian aims in the world forum. We believe that Mr. Ritchie is particularly well qualified to discharge the important duties of head of the Canadian diplomatic mission in Washington.
Subtopic: APPOINTMENT OF AMBASSADOR TO UNITED STATES