December 14, 2005


Wilkins irked by 'chest thumping'
(Anne Dawson, et. al., National Post. December 13th, 2005)

The U.S. ambassador to Canada yesterday rebuked politicians in this country who criticize the United States for their own political gain, in remarks that appear to be aimed at Prime Minister Paul Martin.

Although foreign envoys rarely make such statements in the course of an election campaign, David Wilkins warned Canadians to back off the U.S.-bashing rhetoric in advance of the Jan. 23 election.

"It may be smart election-year politics to thump your chest and constantly criticize your friend and your No. 1 trading partner," Mr. Wilkins said. "But it is a slippery slope, and all of us should hope that it doesn't have a long-term impact on our relationship."[...]

Mr. Wilkins, a lawyer who served as House Speaker in the South Carolina legislature since 1994, told the crowd he is familiar with election-year politics having been on the ballot 13 times in his state, but he noted the United States is not on the election ballot in Canada.

"It's also a great time for a political junkie like me to be here to watch your first winter election in 25 years and I've discovered that in Canada, politics is very much a contact sport. It shouldn't be lost on any of us that some of your politicians use my country to score political points," Mr. Wilkins said.

Mr. Wilkins signalled his country's leaders are bothered by Mr. Martin's hard-hitting comments. He pointed out Canadian media have documented that the Americans have a better record than Canada in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Specifically, he said between 1990 and 2003, emissions in the U.S. increased by 13% compared with 24% in Canada over the same period.

"I would respectfully submit to you that when it comes to a global conscience, the U.S. is walking the walk. And when it comes to climate change, we are making significant progress, greater progress than many of those who have been most critical of the U.S.," he said.

Posted by Peter Burnet at December 14, 2005 6:45 AM

Giving David Warren a run for his money, is he.

Arrogant Yank, thinking that he can tell it like it is and get away with it, just because he has diplomatic immunity.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at December 14, 2005 7:16 AM

The Ambassador really irritates Leftist Canadians because of his strong southern drawl. (He's from S. Carolina)

That reminds them of the President of the USA whose existence irritates them even more.

Posted by: obc at December 14, 2005 10:34 AM

In what parallel universe are Martin's comments "hard-hitting"? If objects don't exist without an observer, then there's no such thing as a Canadian politician (from an American perspective), or even a Canada...

Posted by: b at December 14, 2005 11:15 AM


Is there a there there?

gertrude stein's toe

Posted by: jdkelly at December 14, 2005 12:46 PM

we should start working on names for the next 9 states to be added:

bc - nubraska
alberta - northern montana
ontario - puddsylvania
saskatchewan - montakia
manitoba - personitoba
yukon - denalistan
norw. territories - hillaryland
new foundland - new rhodesia
new brunswick - darkansa
prince edward is. - saint w's is.

Posted by: true allies at December 14, 2005 12:58 PM

We only want BC, Alberta and the Yukon. Just drop British and they're all good to go.

Posted by: erp at December 14, 2005 2:14 PM