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As Justin Trudeau prepares to leave for Washington, I think it's safe to say that the Globe is probably right, for once.
It almost certainly will be a media circus.
What with so many Americans curious about our cool new prime minister, or madly in love with him.
And no doubt his interview with the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes.
Will guarantee him an even warmer welcome.
For taking a swipe at Donald Trump.
"Ultimately being open and respectful towards each other is a much more powerful way to diffuse hatred and anger than ... big walls and oppressive policies," Trudeau said.
By contrasting our Canadian values with Trump's bigot ones.
As well as earn him some good reviews in Canada, for daring to tell the Americans that they should pay more attention to the world, and us.
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Which judging from the reaction on Twitter didn't hurt him a bit.
But did cause the monstrous Jason Kenney to come rushing out squealing with indignation...
Claiming we should be grateful for the work of U.S. diplomats. But failing to mention how him and his filthy leader bullied the U.S. ambassador.
A mere two years ago, the Canadian government essentially told the U.S. ambassador to go get stuffed.
In April 2014, Bruce Heyman began his tenure as the president’s representative in Ottawa and within 10 days of his arrival he was put on a diplomatic “do not call” list. He was shunned and repeatedly humiliated by the Harper government.
Harper was enraged and decided Heyman would be the dog that he kicked when he came home at night.
Some went further to push Heyman’s nose into the diplomatic mess. At times, meetings would be cancelled just five minutes before they were scheduled. It was a deliberate, if not childish, snub that was meant to humiliate him.
In the most disgusting manner, and as only those cowardly Cons could...
Which only reinforces how right we were to defeat and humiliate THEM.
Explains why Obama had no absolutely no respect for Stephen Harper...
Never gave him his precious pipeline. Never invited him to a state dinner, like he has invited Justin.
And of course all of the above should make us give thanks that we now have a real Canadian Prime Minister who is upholding our values.
Repairing our relationship with our American neighbours...
And who after so many shameful years, is making us look good in the eyes of the world.
What more could I ask for? But to feel proud of my country again.
I think I'm going to enjoy that media circus, or love-in, a lot eh?
Let the Justin invasion of America begin...
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Jason Kemmey is such an ass! Tax payers and non tax payers are citizens who are protected by the Charter, and our "US allies" are our neighbours and blood family relatives in many cases. So glad we kicked those yahoos out.
Great post Simon. PMJT has already improved Canada U.S. relations 100% since Harper, the smuggest prick of all was booted out of office. To read Kenney's tweets was laughable at best but will help to further propel JT's popularity. So while Jason et al pucker up over their sour grapes, JT's Washington visit will be a huge boon to Canada because to me, "it's a no-brainer" and after all, Obama wouldn't "take no for an answer".
Interesting treatment of the ambassador of our next-door neighbour and largest trading partner by Harper.
It is amazing the instinct for totally wrong moves that Harper showed. Insult China, just after getting elected, close the Iranian embassy when we needed a window on the Middle East, institute a visa program for Mexico without warning and for no particularly good reason and humiliate the American ambassador.I suppose we're lucky he did not declare war on Finland.
Trudeau seems to have a decent feel for both policy and people. And making a good impression in Washington shows it.
It is a bit refreshing, to say the least. It is nice to see Kenny making a fool of himself again. Perhaps, we'll get lucky and he'll be the next Con leader?
BTW, has there been any sightings of the last but one PM since he was seen at a matinee in Ottawa a week or two ago
The difference between the Harper Government and the Trudeau Government is called empathy.
hi TS....yes Kenney really is an ass or an asshole. And as I pointed out, his claim to be a good friend of the United States couldn't be more absurd. And how the Cons treated that ambassador couldn't be a better illustration of what what foul bullies they are. And when you think that they were willing to treat our neighbour's representative in that manner, what else might they have done if they had been bred-elected? And yes, thank goodness we defeated them....
hi JD...thanks, I'm feeling a bit under the weather these days, so writing something others might enjoy reading isn't easy. But I am encouraged by Justin's sunny ways, I do feel so much better about our country, and by the time Spring arrives I should be feeling my usual self....
hi jkrideau... I'm glad you feel that way, because I'm surprised that more readers don't find it absolutely outrageous. I simply can't believe that the Cons and government departments would treat an American ambassador so shabbily, just to please the depraved Stephen Harper. If they were prepared to bully an ambassador from the world's most powerful country imagine what they might have done to us.
Justin Trudeau may not be perfect but he is the best Prime Minister I have ever seen, and he is repairing the image of this country faster and better than I could have ever imagined. As for Harper, I saw a tweet from Elizabeth May yesterday letting us know that the invisible man had turned up in the Commons to vote on some bill. I still find his behaviour bizarre, and I can't wait for the day he finally resigns...
hi anon...yes empathy is a big and important difference between our new government and the Con regime. And it couldn't be a better difference as far as I am concerned. If I had my way empathy would would be taught in our schools on a par with writing and mathematics. For it is what makes us human, and this world can't get enough of it....
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