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Tuesday January 31, 2006
Canada's outgoing ambassador to the United States, Frank
McKenna, announced on Monday he won't run for the
leadership of the Liberal Party, saying he's not ready to
commit the next decade of his life to politics.

"Contrary to the belief of some, being prime minister of
Canada has not been a burning ambition for me," McKenna
told reporters at a news conference in Washington.

"I didn't accept the position as ambassador to Washington
to create a platform with such a motive, it was simply an
opportunity to provide four more years of service in the
interest of my country."

Similarly, McKenna said he did not resign from his
diplomatic post to launch into a leadership campaign.

McKenna, who also served as former premier of New
Brunswick, said his nearly 16 years in public service were
"intensely fulfilling."

"Unfortunately it was also the most completely absorbing
experience of my life, I became addicted to my
responsibilities seven days a week, 24 hours a day,"
McKenna said.

"I was unable to find the appropriate balance then, and I am
certain I would not be able to find the appropriate balance
McKenna says he won't run for Liberal leadership
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