The head gardener at 24 Sussex Drive was today announced as the next Canadian Ambassador to the Netherlands.
Dietrich Van Dijk has been Chief Groundskeeper at the PM's residence since John Diefenbaker hired him in 1958.
Opposition critics were quick to point out that Mr. Van Dijk is 92 years old and may not have the faculties to stay on top of the harried agenda of a diplomatic posting.
A spokesman for the PMO wasted no time in debunking those claims.
" Mr. Van Dijk has been punching above his weight for well over fifty years. And he really knows tulips. They have a lot of gardens in Holland, and especially a lot of tulips. The Prime Minister has every confidence that this appointment will enhance Canada's prestige in the Low Countries and also in the High Countries of Europe. After all, it's not as if our Ambassadors are expected to do anything."