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Paul Martin: Pro-American or Blame America?
Date: Friday, December 12 2003
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CNN has heralded the swearing-in or Canada's new PM with the pull-no-punches headline Pro-American takes over as Canadian Prime Minister.


From the article:

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John Hulsman, of the Heritage Foundation, sees new hope for the relationship under Martin. Martin "knows that, like it or not, Canada's future is inextricably bound up with America's, so it's best to have good relations to curry favor with the U.S. behemoth," Hulsman says.


But a Canadian poll cited by U.S. officials concluded there are perils for prime ministers who embrace the behemoth too warmly.


The poll found Brian Mulroney, who served as prime minister during the 1980's, was the least popular Canadian leader in recent history. Mulroney was perhaps best known for his admiration of Ronald Reagan.

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In fact, Martin's own statements have already shown a tendency to flip-flop on issues with America, such as in the case of Maher Arar. An interesting article in McClean's highlights the fact that "More often than he'd like, a Canadian prime minister needs to be ready to blame America."


Not sure I agree with the same article's claims that U.S. Ambassador to Canada Cellucci "frames the war rift not in economic, but familial terms" because he "knows better than to make such odious linkages" (hello? The man threatened economic/trade reprisals over Iraq several times, and suggested we could smooth over difficulties by giving the US more access to our energy) but otherwise well worth a read.


There's hope--Martin still has to answer to the Canadian people, no matter how pro-American he may want to be.

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