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Posted: 12/13/2005 2:37:44 PM EDT
I figure it would take 2 troops of boy scouts, a canoe and Rocky the flying squirrel.

To our Canadian brothers...you need to get a hold of your government, maybe more so than we do at this exact moment.

today.reuters.com/news/newsarticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyid=2005-12-13T212902Z_01_YUE369406_RTRUKOC_0_US-POLITICS-USA.xml&rpc=22


Canada shrugs off U.S. warning to back off
Tue Dec 13, 2005 4:29 PM ET

By Randall Palmer and Allan Dowd
OTTAWA/SURREY, British Columbia (Reuters) - The United States made an unprecedented foray into Canada's election campaign on Tuesday, warning politicians not to bash Washington in their bid to win the January 23 election.

But an unapologetic Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin responded immediately by saying "c'est la vie" -- that's life -- if the United States did not like his remarks, and he would not accept anyone telling him he cannot defend his country.

In a hard-hitting speech in Ottawa, U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins lamented what he called relentless and incessant criticism of his country, which he speculated might begin to sow doubt about the strength of the binational relationship.

"Canada never has to tear the United States down to build itself up," Wilkins said.

"It may be smart election politics to thump your chest and constantly criticize your friend and your No. 1 trading partner. But it's a slippery slope and all of us should hope it doesn't have a long-term impact on our relationship."

Wilkins did not name the prime minister directly, but he specifically targeted a comment made last week at the Montreal climate change conference in which Martin called on the United States to heed a "global conscience" and join efforts to combat global warming.

That remark -- on top of criticism of U.S. policy on lumber, guns , passports and Iraq -- appeared to have riled the White House the most, particularly since Canada has a proportionally worse record than the United States on reining in greenhouse gas emissions.

"I would respectfully submit to you that when it comes to a 'global conscience' the United States is walking the walk," Wilkins said, addressing the Canadian Club of Ottawa.

"And when it comes to climate change, we are making significant progress, greater progress than many of those who have been most critical of the U.S."

In the campaign for the June 2004 election Martin regularly said Canada did not want U.S.-style health care, fiscal deficits, taxes or attack ads.

But in the last several months, particularly in frustration over U.S. refusal to eliminate duties on Canadian softwood, he has made more direct attacks on U.S. policy, and continued to do so during the election campaign. Martin refused to back down on Tuesday in Surrey, British Columbia.

"That our friends do not like what we say -- well, c'est la vie. I'm going to defend Canada and I'm right on softwood lumber and I'm right on climate change and I won't let anybody tell me that I should not defend my country," he said.

He also dismissed the idea that he was trying to single out Washington as part of his election campaign.

"I have not made the United States or any country a target in this campaign," he said, noting that he had outlined Canada's stand on softwood lumber and climate change long before the election was called.

Martin, whose minority government was brought down on November 28 after an official report detailed Liberal kickbacks which were used in election campaigns, currently leads Conservative leader Stephen Harper in the polls but not by enough to regain a majority in Parliament.

(Additional reporting by David Ljunggren in Ottawa)

© Reuters 2005. All Rights Reserved.


Link Posted: 12/13/2005 2:45:16 PM EDT
Let's do it tomorrow.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 2:47:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sven:
Let's do it tomorrow.



I get a half-hour lunch break @ 12:00. We can do it then
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 2:48:57 PM EDT
I have always wanted a little place in B.C. to hunt mooses and liberals.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 3:06:41 PM EDT
I'll put the kettle on....

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BTW... I know y'all would prefere to roll on up here with tanks and guns, but all you really hafta do bring your credit cards... Just buy the place.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 3:08:54 PM EDT
you can use my front yard as a staging ground, im about 2.5 hours south of the Canadian border.....oohh NY.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 3:10:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Dieter122:
you can use my front yard as a staging ground, im about 2.5 hours south of the Canadian border.....oohh NY.



Pffft. I am minutes away from Canada, which lies to my south.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 3:12:52 PM EDT
I have friends we can stay with in the Niagara region. If we go far enough north, we can stay at my parents.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 3:14:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Tomislav:

Originally Posted By Dieter122:
you can use my front yard as a staging ground, im about 2.5 hours south of the Canadian border.....oohh NY.



Pffft. I am minutes away from Canada, which lies to my south.



we can do a 2-pronged attack, we will meet halfway and stake the land for our own
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 3:15:35 PM EDT
i hear they have WMD's up there...
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 3:15:53 PM EDT
Didn't we already invade them in 1995. I thought Michael Moore made a documentary about it.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 3:16:51 PM EDT
I can be at the border in 25 minutes.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 3:19:13 PM EDT
Anyone in kanada who speaks pfrench should be given the chance to surrender......before they are shot.

I am increasingly becoming convinced that kanada needs to be annexed and subjected to ethnic cleansing.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 3:21:12 PM EDT
Oh, and can I be Secretary of Tim Horton's and Swiss Chalet? I promise to be good.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 3:21:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dinkydow:
Anyone in kanada who speaks pfrench should be given the chance to surrender......before they are shot.

I am increasingly becoming convinced that kanada needs to be annexed and subjected to ethnic cleansing.



nutjob
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 3:38:20 PM EDT
I have been trying to recruit a small force to join me and attack for years,but nobody listens.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 8:25:56 PM EDT

Wait a little while, and everybody but Ontario and Quebec may be showing up in a few years.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 8:27:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sven:
Let's do it tomorrow.



I'm all for it.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 8:30:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Dieter122:

Originally Posted By dinkydow:
Anyone in kanada who speaks pfrench should be given the chance to surrender......before they are shot.

I am increasingly becoming convinced that kanada needs to be annexed and subjected to ethnic cleansing.



nutjob



You must have pfrench family in kanada .....eh?
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 8:33:30 PM EDT
After you all are done invading Canada, How about coming to Texas and help us.
Mexico invaded us years ago.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 8:35:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By pointtarget:
After you all are done invading Canada, How about coming to Texas and help us.
Mexico invaded us years ago.



that im down for
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 1:33:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zakk_Wylde_470:

Originally Posted By sven:
Let's do it tomorrow.



I get a half-hour lunch break @ 12:00. We can do it then




Do we all meet you or are you going to pick us up?

Link Posted: 12/14/2005 1:52:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Girlieman:
I'll put the kettle on....


BTW... I know y'all would prefere to roll on up here with tanks and guns, but all you really hafta do bring your credit cards... Just buy the place.



I have my visa ready to deploy...what shall we do with all the socialists?
Across the bering strait into russia? or crowd them all into the french part?
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