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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 11:12 am
 


<strong>Written By:</strong> jensonj
<strong>Date:</strong> 2006-01-18 10:12:00
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The election of Stephen Harper, the Canadian Conservative leader, would be equally warmly welcomed in Washington. While Canadians have long chafed at the military, political and cultural might of their southern neighbour, the resentment has become far worse since the election of President George W. Bush. Relations have steadily deteriorated in the face of disputes over the Iraq war, softwood lumber trade and US pressure on Canada to tighten borders to keep out potential terrorists.

Last year, The Weekly Standard, the closest thing to a house organ of the Bush administration, dubbed Canada "The Great White Waste of Time".

"What was once a polite rivalry has become a poisoned well of hurt feelings and recriminations," the magazine wrote. Last month the US ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins, took the rare step of rebuking Paul Martin, the Liberal prime minister, accusing him of playing election-year politics by bashing the US.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 11:33 am
 


The aforementioned Weekly Standard article:<br />
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<a href="http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/005/349tpijp.asp?pg=1">http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/005/349tpijp.asp?pg=1</a><br />
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You don't have to like it to concede a few points for humour. Main point is the tone of the whole article is humorous (though vicious at times), so the citation should not be taken toooo seriously.


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<blockquote> The election of Stephen Harper, the Canadian Conservative leader, would be equally warmly welcomed in Washington. While Canadians have long chafed at the military, political and cultural might of their southern neighbour, the resentment has become far worse since the election of President George W. Bush. </blockquote> I don't really see how, if Canadians are chafing at the Bush administration, electing Harper would change that. If we're chafing now, we'll only chafe worse if our own leader goes down that same path!<p>---<br>Your mantra has been your opinions are stifled due to their contrary nature, when they are actually stifled for being without perceivable foundation.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 3:17 pm
 


Mulroney sings with Reagan and the sky is falling. What about Cretien playing golf with Clinton? He did that more than a few times. Was that OK with you?

Having cordial relations with our southern neighbor might just be a good thing for us. Maybe we can get some of these issues resolved, or maybe we can at least not add any new ones to the increasingly large pile. Spitting in the face of the US has gotten us so much in the past few years hasn't it? Yep, we've been able to resolve which issues again?

Softwood - nope
beef - only partially and that was more due to Japan than anything
salmon - nope
arctic sovereignty - nope

So what has been resolved in our favour?

The way you carry on, you'd think that our PM being friendly towards the president is treasonous.

By the way, the Weekly Standard Article was written in March of last year (long before any Conservative tide was mounting) and deals with anti-American Canadians and Americans in a humourous light. How does this article buoy your arguement on a Conservative government being accepted more warmly (though I would think even the NDP would be welcomed by the White House since they haven't been calling them "morons" and "bastards")?


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