Kevin Vickers named ambassador to Ireland


B00Mer
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Kevin Vickers named ambassador to Ireland



Kevin Vickers, the House of Commons sergeant-at-arms who became a household name in October after his confrontation with a gunman in a hallway on Parliament Hill, will be Canada's next ambassador to Ireland.

The appointment is effective Jan. 19. Vickers, 58, replaces Loyola Hearn, a former Conservative cabinet minister who held the post from 2011 until last August. ​

"I've known Kevin for a very long time," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said at an event in Delta, B.C., on Thursday, touting his vast security and management experience and "tremendous acts of heroism."

"I think they speak for themselves and speak to his character, and I know he will do a tremendous job as ambassador," Harper said. "I know he's looking forward to that assignment."

"As a Canadian with family on both sides hailing from Ireland, there could be no greater honour. I am humbled by the invitation to serve my country in this way," said Vickers in a statement, adding that he was saddened to be leaving Parliament Hill, but will cherish his time there.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all Canadians for their support in the last few months. You have my word that I will do my best to represent you in Ireland with pride and dignity," he said.

Hero of Ottawa shootings

Vickers made headlines after the October shooting death of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was standing sentry at the National War Memorial.

Vickers shot Michael Zehaf-Bibeau after the man gunned down the soldier.

Zehaf-Bibeau drove his car the short distance from the memorial to the entrance of Parliament Hill. He then ran through the gate, hijacked a minister's car and drove it up to the Centre Block. After entering, he exchanged gunshots with security as he ran down the Hall of Honour. He was killed in front of the library of Parliament.

Sgt.-at-Arms Kevin Vickers

Kevin Vickers carries the mace into the House of Commons on Oct. 23, the day after the shooting incident. He received a lengthy standing ovation from MPs for his part in stopping the gunman. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Vickers was credited for his bravery and skill in the final confrontation, with some saying he fired the fatal shot after getting his gun from his nearby office.

After the shooting, he entered the nearby Conservative caucus meeting room and said: "I engaged the suspect and the suspect is deceased."

The next day, MPs gave him a standing ovation as the House of Commons resumed sitting.

Applause across party lines

"We're going to miss him," NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar said. "Mr. Vickers has been a strong and reassuring presence.

"He knows protocol … and he likes people," Dewar pointed out — particularly fortunate, he noted, given his destination.

"This is Ireland, after all — we don't want to send someone boring or reserved."

Government whip John Duncan told CBC News that Vickers is a humble, fun-loving guy who doesn't seek the limelight.

"One of the first things he wants to do is bring road hockey to the young men and women in his new neighbourhood in Dublin ... he's got a driveway that would probably fit the bill," he said.

"Kevin Vickers showed great courage and diplomatic skill," Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said she knew Vickers would bring professionalism, dedication, and insight to his new job. "I am proud to call him my friend," her statement said.

"Thanks to his exceptional leadership our security systems are stronger, service delivery has been greatly improved, and there has been major progress on the plan to preserve and renew our historic parliamentary buildings,” said House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer in a statement.

Scheer said security will be led by Vickers' deputy, Pat McDonell, until further notice.

Long career in security

Vickers never talked about the shooting, save for a short interview he gave while he was in Israel for a security conference in November. Israel's parliament honoured Vickers for his bravery.

Sgt at Arms Kevin Vickers screen grab from video with gun drawn
Still frame taken from video shows House of Commons sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers, with gun drawn, walking towards a door to see if it was secured (it was locked), during the shooting incident inside the Parliament Buildings on Oct. 22. (Mike dePaul/CBC)

"The incident that occurred on Oct. 22 was magnificently handled by a complete team effort — by House of Commons security services, which I'm exceptionally proud of to be a part of, and our security partners, the Ottawa city police and the RCMP," Vickers said in November.

Vickers grew up in Miramichi, N.B., and served for 29 years with the RCMP. Thursday's announcement emphasized his experience in First Nations communities and work on major crime units.

“He has a strong Irish-Canadian background, is a very good friend of the embassy of Ireland in Ottawa and his family have been involved in Irish affairs in New Brunswick for many years," said Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan in a statement.

​He worked as an aide-de-camp for New Brunswick's lieutenant-governor and protected the Royal Family and other foreign dignitaries during visits to Canada.

Vickers became sergeant-at-arms in 2006, after retiring from the RCMP and joining the House of Commons as director of security in 2005. The role includes both ceremonial and security responsibilities.

Representatives from all security forces that share jurisdiction on Parliament Hill began a detailed examination and revision of security after the October incident.

source: Kevin Vickers named ambassador to Ireland - Politics - CBC News

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Hey anti-gun activists..

Way to go Kevin Vickers, Canada's Hero!!
 
waldo
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

Kevin Vickers named ambassador to Ireland

Hey anti-gun activists..

Way to go Kevin Vickers, Canada's Hero!!

standard Harper playbook shifting away from the traditional educational/working backgrounds of ambassador appointees... making them yet another outlet for patronage appointment:
- Harper appoints the head of his RCMP security detail, Bruno Saccomani, as ambassador to Jordan

- Harper appoints Vivian Bercovici, a lawyer and newspaper columnist as ambassador to Israel

- Harper appoints James Villeneuve, a beer company executive, as consul general in Los Angeles
and now
- Harper appoints Kevin Vickers, career RCMP policing shifted into House of Commons security detail to, essentially, a retirement gig as the ceremonial Sergeant-at-Arms

per ' The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) ':
As PAFSO has said before, we believe the Canadian public is best served when the government draws first on the policy expertise, analytical and advocacy skills of its career diplomats when appointing heads of mission abroad. Not to mention the fact that these dedicated Public Servants are well versed in Treasury Board guidelines for the sound management of human and financial resources, something which political nominees may not fully appreciate prior to their appointment.

"Career diplomats are almost always the most qualified and experienced candidates for the job, having spent at least 20 years – and often much more – honing their craft. The Government of Canada will have invested years of training to perfect its Foreign Service – which is constituted of non-partisan civil servants whose only desire is to represent Canada abroad and defend Canada's national interests. To then appoint non-diplomats amounts to a waste of resources and devalues the dedication Foreign Service Officers demonstrate throughout their careers.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by waldo View Post

standard Harper playbook shifting away from the traditional educational/working backgrounds of ambassador appointees...

You object to changing tradition? How conservative.
 
Mowich
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Wonderful. I am very happy for Mr Vickers. He more than deserves the position for his bravery and loyalty and he will be a great Ambassador for our country. Good luck to him and his family.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Mowich View Post

Wonderful. I am very happy for Mr Vickers. He more than deserves the position for his bravery and loyalty and he will be a great Ambassador for our country. Good luck to him and his family.

It's an excellent and appropriate reward for a man who, after a lifetime of honourable and noteworthy service to his country and people, capped it off with a moment of heroism that his whole life had been training for. He is worthy of this honour, and if the things people said about his career are correct, he will be an excellent diplomat and negociator.

Mr. Harper did a good thing here for Mr. Vickers and for Canada. And Ireland.
 
waldo
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

You object to changing tradition? How conservative.

please sir, let's not make this a thread about how Harper is not a real conservative!

Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Mr. Harper did a good thing here for Mr. Vickers and for Canada. And Ireland.

pure patronage... and overt politicking! In terms of your declared "good thing", to you, what constitutes necessary qualifications to be appointed as a country's ambassadorship? A former RCMP security guy? Harper's dipped into that well now twice in the last year! What kind of message does this send to career diplomats who spend the lives in the diplomatic core... on Canada's behalf... representing Canada in foreign countries... as, effectively 'lesser-light' ambassadors (lesser in name only)? Become a beer company executive... know the right people, have the right contacts... get an appointment! Stinkee... smellee!
 
damngrumpy
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I was reading how everyone is in agreement and I wondered just how long it would be
before this thread descended into something different. Let me say I think the appointment
is deserving and the Prime Minister made a good choice. The only thing I thought we
could have done without was the label "Hero" For god sake we all know he went above
the level of bravery however it was his job and he did it and yes I even agree he is a hero.
Do we have to use the word over and over until it means nothing? Why can't we say a
brave man without adding hero to everything?
And to who said it you are right this isn't a thread about whether or not the PM is a real
conservative its about awarding a loyal Canadian for doing a good job and exercised the right
skills to do a different job that requires those skills
 
mentalfloss
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I'm sure Vickers just loves all of this idolatry.

Canada **** yea!
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

I'm sure Vickers just loves all of this idolatry.

If his reaction to date is any indication, he finds it distasteful and embarrassing. I think he endures it because he knows it's reassuring to the Canadian people.

Quote: Originally Posted by waldo View Post

please sir, let's not make this a thread about how Harper is not a real conservative!



pure patronage... and overt politicking! In terms of your declared "good thing", to you, what constitutes necessary qualifications to be appointed as a country's ambassadorship? A former RCMP security guy? Harper's dipped into that well now twice in the last year! What kind of message does this send to career diplomats who spend the lives in the diplomatic core... on Canada's behalf... representing Canada in foreign countries... as, effectively 'lesser-light' ambassadors (lesser in name only)? Become a beer company executive... know the right people, have the right contacts... get an appointment! Stinkee... smellee!

So, dil-. . . uh, waldo, who do you hate more, Mr. Vickers or Mr. Harper?
 
Scooby
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Poor Bastard, think they should treat a hero better than this!
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by waldo View Post

standard Harper playbook shifting away from the traditional educational/working backgrounds of ambassador appointees... making them yet another outlet for patronage appointment:

- Harper appoints the head of his RCMP security detail, Bruno Saccomani, as ambassador to Jordan

- Harper appoints Vivian Bercovici, a lawyer and newspaper columnist as ambassador to Israel

- Harper appoints James Villeneuve, a beer company executive, as consul general in Los Angeles
and now
- Harper appoints Kevin Vickers, career RCMP policing shifted into House of Commons security detail to, essentially, a retirement gig as the ceremonial Sergeant-at-Arms

per ' The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) ':
As PAFSO has said before, we believe the Canadian public is best served when the government draws first on the policy expertise, analytical and advocacy skills of its career diplomats when appointing heads of mission abroad. Not to mention the fact that these dedicated Public Servants are well versed in Treasury Board guidelines for the sound management of human and financial resources, something which political nominees may not fully appreciate prior to their appointment.

"Career diplomats are almost always the most qualified and experienced candidates for the job, having spent at least 20 years – and often much more – honing their craft. The Government of Canada will have invested years of training to perfect its Foreign Service – which is constituted of non-partisan civil servants whose only desire is to represent Canada abroad and defend Canada's national interests. To then appoint non-diplomats amounts to a waste of resources and devalues the dedication Foreign Service Officers demonstrate throughout their careers.

So some life long bureaucrap got his knickers in a knot because the posts are going to good people that will represent canada instead of a lifelong government employee. Big deal.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

So some life long bureaucrap got his knickers in a knot because the posts are going to good people that will represent canada instead of a lifelong government employee. Big deal.

Well. . . in point of fact, Mr. Vickers IS a lifelong government employee. . .
 
Zipperfish
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Well. . . in point of fact, Mr. Vickers IS a lifelong government employee. . .

I think his brain just exploded.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Zipperfish View Post

I think his brain just exploded.

Prolly din't even wake the dog.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Well. . . in point of fact, Mr. Vickers IS a lifelong government employee. . .

One that spent most of his career putting his life on the line for his country, not pushing a pencil and waiting for payday.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

One that spent most of his career putting his life on the line for his country, not pushing a pencil and waiting for payday.

I won't dispute that. Fact remains he never met a payroll or any of that other brawny capitalist stuff.
 
taxslave
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The others are business people that will do a good job of representing Canada because they are essentually sales pros.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

The others are business people that will do a good job of representing Canada because they are essentually sales pros.

You make Canada sound like a used car.

All I know is that with Mr. Vickers on the job, Canada need not fear an Irish sneak attack!
 
spaminator
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http://torontosun.com/news/national/...dor-to-ireland
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote:

Vickers has been touted as a possible candidate for the leadership of the New Brunswick Liberal party to replace former premier Brian Gallant.

You know what that means. Our resident rightards will start barking that he's not a hero. . . no, actually, he's a coward!. . . and a socialist. . . and a communist!. . . and gay!. . . and a Jew!
 
bill barilko
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Quote:

“He’s premier material.”


IOW a boozehound.
 

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