Pedle Zelnip - good post. You could've mentioned our folks taking over in Afghanistan freed American troops to go to Iraq, thus supporting it indirectly without going against the popular opinion that didn't wish any involvement in Iraq.
It's just political posturing. Canadians always see the mouse/elephant thing, and want to make sure our leaders are preserving our uniqueness, etc etc. Dustups over nothing, really. We're pissed over softwood, grumpy over kyoto, and cranky over mad cows. So what. Good friends can get in a row sometimes without suddenly not being friends or coming to blows.
Sometimes it comes out during our elections (and the us ambassador responding in a similar public forum AFTER one of our ambassadorial staff in the US was already privately chastised about Martin's Montreal 'global conscience' remarks didn't help) and sometimes it comes out during your elections (Chretien's comments back in 2000 that it would be better if Gore wins). Besides, I'm seeing more OMFG, WTF did you say, what have you done for us lately
(like some of xXBatmanXx's stuff in this thread) in the reactions from below the 49th than I'm seeing "huzzah for standing up to the yanks" up here.
One might argue that it is something of Liberal party tradition to be somewhat confrontational with the reigning powers of the US. Trudeau and Chretien weren't exactly busom buddies with Reagan and Clinton (or Bush). %)
One might argue it's tradition for liberal leaders to be prime minister too (only one hasn't). And Reagan and Mulroney got along fab (with Thatcher making three). Ahhh, the good ol' days. Use your head, don't lose it - Don't feed the trolls!edited for spelling
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