Tuesday, December 13, 2005

US Ambassador rips Paul Martin over anti-Americanism

Globe & Mail: U.S. ambassador takes aim at Martin comments

Ottawa — The Bush administration issued a sharp, public rebuke Tuesday to Prime Minister Paul Martin for dragging the Canadian-U.S. relationship into the federal election campaign.

Ambassador David Wilkins said Canada risks damaging one of the world's best relationships by focusing on short-term political gain.

"It may be smart election-year politics to thump your chest and criticize your friend and your No. 1 trading partner constantly," Mr. Wilkins said in a speech to the Canadian Club at the historic Chateau Laurier Hotel, next door to Parliament Hill.
Liberals have denied they are using anti-American rhetoric as election fodder. But a senior Liberal campaign organizer was clearly delighted at news coverage last week that suggested Canada's ambassador in Washington, Frank McKenna, had been called on the carpet by the Americans over Martin's undiplomatic climate change talk.

Good. Using the Americans as boogeymen is a standard Liberal tactic when the going gets tough. It demonstrates that they'll do anything to remain in power, even jeapordize Canada's relationship with its most important ally, if it's to their own benefit.

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