January 24, 2005

OK, MR PRESIDENT, YOU CAN STOP REACHING OUT NOW

Bush tried to bully Canada on missile defence (Globe and Mail, January 23rd, 2005)

U.S. President George W. Bush tried to bully Canadian officials on missile defence during his visit last month by linking Canada's participation to future protection from the U.S., the Washington Post reported Sunday.

The newspaper quoted an unidentified Canadian official who was in the room as saying Mr. Bush waved off their attempts to explain how contentious the issue is for Prime Minister Paul Martin's minority government.

“[Bush] leaned across the table and said: ‘I'm not taking this position, but some future president is going to say, Why are we paying to defend Canada?' ” the official was quoted as saying.

“Most of our side was trying to explain the politics, how it was difficult to do,” he said.

But Mr. Bush “waved his hands and remarked: ‘I don't understand this. Are you saying that if you got up and said this is necessary for the defence of Canada, it wouldn't be accepted?' ”

Back in the good old days, gentle and civilized Canadians feared the conquering dreams of the wild and rapacious Yankee trader. Now we feel bullied when he threatens to leave us alone.

Posted by Peter Burnet at January 24, 2005 6:07 AM
Comments

Canada has been freeloading off of the American taxpayer for about a century and it is long since time to stop the madness. Offer statehood to Alberta, Eastern BC and Yukon and seal off the rest from us.

Posted by: Bart at January 24, 2005 6:22 AM
Eastern BC
That's a bit harsh (says someone who lives in Washington State and travels to BC frequently.) Surely we could draw a ring close in to Vancouver and admit everything but the metropolis? Posted by: at January 24, 2005 11:53 AM

Let's not be too hard on our northern neighbors. Just because they've exported (inflicted?) their weather to you folks who live in the Eastern Time Zone is no reason to get snippy. And let's have sympathy for Mr.Martin, who's probably going to have a vote of no confidence over the issue of "gay marriage'". Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 24, 2005 1:06 PM

Ah Canada! This once proud nation used to produce warriors like those brave soldiers of the Dieppe Raid and Juno Beach. No more.

Canadians are nice people, they just need a lot more grown-ups.

Posted by: pchuck at January 24, 2005 2:10 PM

They have voluntarily disarmed themselves. It is time to redress a historic injustice. Conquer Canada.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 24, 2005 2:23 PM

They have voluntarily disarmed themselves. It is time to redress a historic injustice. Conquer Canada.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 24, 2005 2:36 PM

They have voluntarily disarmed themselves. It is time to redress a historic injustice. Conquer Canada.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 24, 2005 3:14 PM

re: Conquer Canada.

After we pull out of Iraq, it'll give our occupation troops something easy to deal with. Hockey sticks and donuts don't blow up, eh?

What I don't understand is why Canada hasn't offered, post-Castro, to make Cuba the 11th Province.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 24, 2005 3:18 PM

Robert S:

Are you trying to hep the crowd up into a war chant?

Posted by: Peter B at January 24, 2005 7:07 PM
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