I've always liked Ambassador Celluci. He's a straight-talker, and refuses to get bogged down with concerns for domestic politics,
gleefully making official statements that cause official consternation:
OTTAWA (CP) - The United States will decide when to fire missiles over Canadian airspace whether Canada likes it or not, says America's ambassador.
The blunt warning from Paul Cellucci came minutes after Prime Minister Paul Martin announced Thursday that he will not sign on to the controversial U.S. missile defence program. "We will deploy. We will defend North America," Cellucci said.
"We simply cannot understand why Canada would, in effect, give up its sovereignty - its seat at the table - to decide what to do about a missile that might be coming toward Canada."
Possibly because of a governing party driven more by inertia than anything else? Maybe - just maybe - because a large segment of the population actually likes
the idea of irresponsibility, as evidenced by widespread support for the overweening nanny state, and withdrawal from concern for defense policy is simply another example of that irresponsibility writ large?
I'm glad that the United States is such a good friend and ally it can be relied upon to protect Canada, even as our leaders act like little more than spoiled, contrarian children. This country has never more been the geopolitical apotheosis of the basement-dwelling, thirty-year-old boomeranger
On the other hand, this is something of a victory for Paul Martin: he's managed to achieve the best possible option for Canadian security despite himself and his party, likely without having to pay any political price, and certainly without spending a dime. He's got to be giggling to himself behind closed doors over that trick.