US Watches Vote With A View To Warmer Relations

Posted on Wednesday, January 18 at 10:12 by jensonj
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. Find this article at:,s01=1.html [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on January 18, 2006]


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