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Date: Monday, February 20 2006
Canada Steers a New Course with Cabinet Picks
By Paul Jackson - published in The American Thinker
February 7th, 2006
Canadian Conservative Leader Stephen Harper was sworn in as the nation’s 22nd prime minister on Monday and immediately unveiled a cabinet line-up that is both 25% smaller than ousted Liberal prime minister Paul Martin’s cabinet and gave a tilt in foreign affairs, defense and national security sure to make Washington happier with Ottawa than it has been in years.
Canada’s new foreign affairs minister is Peter MacKay, a Member of Parliament (MP) from Nova Scotia, and the son of a top-ranking cabinet minister, Elmer MacKay, in Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s pro-American government of 1984-93. It was Mulroney and his cabinet who trailblazed the free trade agreement with President Ronald Reagan’s government, and which now allows more than 80% of Canada’s world exports to enter the United States.
The younger MacKay — age 41 — is a rugby-playing, former prosecutor, with four terms in the Canadian House of Commons behind him.
It’s indicative Canada’s Liberal-appointed ambassador to Washington, Frank McKenna, resigned within 48-hours of the Conservatives winning the Jan. 23 federal election, tacitly admitting the two countries’ relations will take on a different tone under Harper.
American ambassadors to Canada have been begging — and hectoring — the nation to rebuild its defense forces and give national security a far higher priority in this age of world terrorism than it has.
Well, Harper has now signalled that will be the case.