December 13, 2005
-- by Dave Johnson
The United States made an unprecedented foray into Canada's election campaign on Tuesday, warning politicians not to bash Washington in their bid to win the January 23 election.
... In a hard-hitting speech in Ottawa, U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins lamented what he called relentless and incessant criticism of his country, which he speculated might begin to sow doubt about the strength of the binational relationship.
"Canada never has to tear the United States down to build itself up," Wilkins said.
"It may be smart election politics to thump your chest and constantly criticize your friend and your No. 1 trading partner. But it's a slippery slope and all of us should hope it doesn't have a long-term impact on our relationship." [emphasis added]
And the topic of the criticism that the Bush Administration didn't like?
Wilkins did not name the prime minister directly, but he specifically targeted a comment made last week at the Montreal climate change conference in which Martin called on the United States to heed a "global conscience" and join efforts to combat global warming.
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Right ! Right about now Mexico and Mexicans must be having a big laugh at the US double standard.
Posted by: steve at December 13, 2005 6:35 PM
I am a Canadian and Martin knows what all of us Canadians do: that the tarrif on our softwood lumber is illegal and that it hurts the entire US economy that is struggling to rebuild, and that throwing a hissy fit at the Montreal climate change conference and walking out is astoundingly stupid and childish.
Bush and his neocons plant their bloody fascist boot into other country's faces while at the same time winking at them that they should keep this a secret. So Paul Martin has the balls to say: just get that boot out of our faces eh? So far campaigning on an anti-Bush platform has worked well, we'll see how this one turns out ...
Posted by: Don Garb at December 13, 2005 8:07 PM
It'll be a treat to watch the Bush fans in the Conservative Party attempt to not look like lapdogs now...
Posted by: ArC at December 13, 2005 8:51 PM
Bush collaborators must pay. Whoever supports Bush from Canada should be deported to Russia.
Posted by: Clenis at December 14, 2005 7:02 AM
Thank you Prime miister Martin for doing what Canadians want re: the US. I'm getting fed up with having Canadians called cowards by the US administration for choosing peace over war, I'm fed up with the way they bully Canadians and I'll never forgive Mulrooney for his Free Trade agreement. End of soap opera.
Posted by: marie at December 14, 2005 8:18 AM
When things have gotten so bad that even Canada feels safe throwing a punch, you're in big trouble.
Posted by: palinode at December 14, 2005 9:23 AM
More power to the Canadians for telling the truth. There are times I wish I had moved to Montreal and gone to school at Mc Gill instead of staying here in the US. Bush needs to go, and any and all critisim of him is wholly justified!!
Posted by: Phoenix at December 15, 2005 4:31 PM
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