Saturday, February 05, 2005

I'm through accepting limits, 'cause someone says they're so

US Ambassador Paul Cellucci makes some fairly self-evident suggestions for Canadian foreign policy: HARRIMAN, N.Y. (CP) - Outgoing U.S. ambassador Paul Cellucci has a suggestion for Canadian officials grappling with a brand new vision for their foreign policy - independent from America, but complementary. "There are many places where Canada can act where we might not be able to act," Cellucci told the American Assembly, a weekend conference on Canada-U.S. relations. "There's a lot of resentment around the world towards the United States. "Haiti's an example. We've tried there before but maybe Canada could lead an effort to try to help the Haitian people get a government that's as good as (them)." "The United States is tied up in the Middle East, that might be a project for Canada to take the lead on." [...] One top Canadian official attending the conference of politicians, scholars and others debating relations between the two countries said Saturday he found Cellucci's foreign policy suggestion "patronizing" and thought it might raise some hackles in Ottawa. "The words are offensive. The sentiment behind it is not that offensive. It's largely a truism anyway." What a lovely suspicion to have confirmed: Canadian diplomats will, in fact, work themselves into a lather of self-righteous outrage over "offensive" American sentiments, whether or not they're spot-on observations. (Rather, I suspect, especially if that's the case. It simply wouldn't do to admit that 1+1 does in fact equal 2 after the US ambassador says it, after all.)

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps Cellucci should have said something like:

"There is no reason for Canada to act outside its own borders. And Canada should most definitely NOT take the lead in places like Haiti."

Then maybe the "top Canadian official" would have said:

"These words are offensive and patronizing. Canada has an important role to play in the world and we're not going to be told by the US to stay home and do nothing. Haiti is a place where Canada can do a lot of good..."

Phil

2/07/2005 08:12:00 AM  
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