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Canada’s National Post newspaper this week reported that Washington insiders say President Obama is considering Ms. Kennedy for the posting to Ottawa.

Chris Sands, a Washington-based specialist on U.S.-Canada relations, told the Post that her appointment would give Canada a “chance to deepen the relationship.” Ms. Kennedy was an early supporter of Mr. Obama’s in the 2008 presidential campaign.

Other names mentioned for the position: Detroit Mayor Dave Bing; Jennifer Granholm, a former Michigan governor who was born in Canada; Christine Gregoire, a former governor of Washington state; Brian Schweitzer, a former governor of Montana; and Olympia M. Snow, a former senator from Maine. Mrs. Snow is the only Republican in the lot.

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