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 Post subject: US INTERFERES IN CANADA'S NATIONAL ELECTION.
PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 10:51 pm 
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Stop bashing us, upset US tells Canada


OTTAWA (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 voter support on January 23.

"Canada never has to tear the United States down to build itself up," U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins said in a televised speech.

"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 didn't specify whom his remarks referred to, though they appear aimed at Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin, who has regularly attacked the United States over a bilateral dispute over softwood lumber exports.

Last week Martin publicly criticized the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush for its approach on climate change, saying Washington should listen to the "global conscience" on the environment.

Wilkins said emissions of greenhouse gases in the United States were, in fact, growing at a slower rate than in Canada.

"I would respectfully submit to you that when it comes to a 'global conscience' the United States is walking the walk," he said.

Canada generally tilts more to the left than the United States and opinion polls show most Canadians dislike U.S. President George W. Bush.
12/13/05 14:32


ATTENTION CANADIANS BUILD YOUR BOMB SHELTERS NOW. GEORGE W IS AFTER YOUR ASS NEXT.


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