December 7, 2021
As Prepared for Delivery
Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Canada David L. Cohen Following the Presentation of his Letters of Credence
Hello and Bonjour!
This is an exciting and important day for me. And I want to acknowledge up front my appreciation to the Governor General for her very gracious welcome to Rideau Hall this afternoon. Nakurmiik, Your Excellency.
I would also like to thank the people of Canada for their very warm welcome. Someone told me December was pretty cold in Ottawa, and I had the pleasure of enjoying my first Ottawa snowstorm this weekend, but the reception I’ve received in the past few days couldn’t be warmer, and my wife Rhonda and I are absolutely thrilled to be here.
I have known President Biden and his family for three decades, and I was deeply honored when he asked me to serve as his personal representative in Canada. For America, Canada is more than just our neighbor – Canada is our friend, our partner, and one of our closest and most important allies in the world. We’re connected not just by trade or treaties, but by shared values, by enduring friendships between our peoples, and by families on both sides of our border. And that’s exactly why I wanted to come here as the United States Ambassador.
My primary goal as Ambassador is to preserve and to strengthen the special friendship between our two countries. And I am committed to continuing the exceptional work that President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau began earlier this year in unveiling the Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership. That Roadmap lays out a plan to work together to build back better from the pandemic; to tackle the challenge of climate change; to create societies that are more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible for everyone; to renew our commitment to democracy; to bolster our common security and defense; and to advance our shared foreign policy priorities around the world.
For me, this is an exciting week – and not just because of the ceremony today, which is certainly a wonderful way to start this week. In a few days, the leaders of the United States, Canada, and other democracies around the world will gather virtually for the Summit for Democracy. This Summit will give our leaders an opportunity to work together to find new ways to defend our societies against authoritarianism, address and fight corruption, and promote respect for human rights at home and abroad.
Now that’s a tall order. But as President Biden said in February during his virtual summit with Prime Minister Trudeau, “There’s nothing we cannot achieve when we commit ourselves to it. And when we work together, as the closest of friends should, we only make each other stronger.”
I can’t wait to get to work, to collaborate and make both our countries stronger, to travel across this magnificent country, and to meet as many Canadians as I can. I’m so thrilled to be here.
Thank you all very much. Merci!
Molly Sanchez Crowe
U.S. Embassy Spokesperson