I'd like to know why this issue of Francie Ducros, an unelected official
(we elect our politicians here), overheard in a private conversation
(not in a public statement as Jim initially misquoted the Toronto Star)
-- an official not one in 10 000 Canadians would have heard of before
this incident -- calls George Bush a "moron" for his policy towards
NATO,  has become such a big issue.

We're used to being ignored up here. On 9-11 the friendly people of
Newfoundland fed and housed thousands of travellers, most of whom were
USAmericans, when all flights were grounded. Every major airport in
Canada had US planes landed, and hospitality was extended to the
passengers by locals (most US-European flights and many US-Asian flights
fly over Canadian airspace).  Despite having a non-interventionist
foreign policy (as opposed to the US), we helped out in Afghanistan with
several thousand troops, ships, etc., we helped out in the Gulf War
likewise, and we also got your embassy staff out of Teheran during the
Islamist revolution by issuing them temporary Canadian passports. We
made your work easier in both world wars in numerous ways, and helped
out in Korea as well (we sent a whole brigade there, in fact). We're
partners in NORAD. Etc., etc.

Ducros has quit, and yet this is still an issue.

We try to help, and we get tariffs thrown in our face, and mountains
made out of molehills, and idiots from the nutty extremes calling us

Does anybody know the true meaning of "ally"?

I have a theory as to why this particular incident hit home like it did,
albeit accidentally, and there are also some journalism politics afoot
which are too arcane for most people to care about (the person who
overheard the remark had been ill-treated by Ducros in the past, as he
saw it, and was just itching for revenge). But first I'd like to hear
from USAmericans. Why the big deal? Nixon called Trudeau an [word
deleted as being against the charter], Kennedy thought Diefenbaker was a
blowhard, and so on, and we didn't declare war over it, after all.

Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he
will pick himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill

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