Much of her life has played out like a Canadian stereotype: from her favourite food of moose stew to extolling the virtues of hockey moms and her love of snowmobiling.

But after a White House spokesman refused to rule out the possibility that Sarah Palin could be the next US ambassador to Ottawa, few in Canada seemed to be embracing the prospect of the former Alaska governor taking up the role.

“Sarah Palin as ambassador?” New Democrat MP Charlie Angus asked on Twitter. “Well that would show how little Steve Bannon and his pal @realDonaldTrump think of Canada.”

Others dismissed the idea as simply fake news or alternative facts, while some wondered if this was an early April Fools joke from the White House.

“Appointing Sarah Palin as the US ambassador to Canada is, like, ultimate trolling,” noted one. “If he makes Sarah Palin the US Ambassador to Canada. I say we keep our oil and hockey players. BTW … does she speak Canadian?” Asked another.

The position has remained vacant since the inauguration of Donald Trump.

In recent days, Palin’s name has reportedly been batted around in conversations in Ottawa and Washington as a potential prospect for the job.

When asked on Wednesday, the White House spokesman, Sean Spicer, refrained from confirming or quashing the rumour. “We have no additional ambassador nominations or announcements to make on that front. I’m sure at some point we will have soon,” he told reporters.