cocktail party: The start time was also pushed back to make it more cocktail party than picnic, said Sarah Goldfeder, a principal at Earnscliffe in Ottawa and former special assistant to two U.S. ambassadors, according to National Observer. While some in the Ottawa social circuit bemoan having been left out this year, some who made the cut say they plan to stay away out of principle. In past years, the annual Independence Day bash has been the talk of the town, with a guest list that grew to include more than 4,000 people under former ambassador and Barack Obama appointee Bruce Heyman. ; Under successor Kelly Craft, however named to the post by U.S. President Donald Trump the guest list has been trimmed to an estimated 1,000 people. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and interim Ontario Liberal leader John Fraser are among those giving the event a pass, citing trade tensions and ongoing concerns with the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. I wish all of my American friends a happy Fourth of July. Given the current political climate, I don't think it would be appropriate, Fraser said in an emailed statement. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.