Lots to talk about when Obama visits Ottawa

First protectionist legislation, now a border review


 

The “buy America” provisions in legislation passed this week by the U.S. House of Representatives isn’t Canada’s only worry with developments in Washington. Now Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has ordered a review of safeguard along the Canada-U.S. border. It’s a shame to spoil a party, but Stephen Harper is going to have to push back on all this when President Barack Obama visits next month.

The Ottawa Citizen


 
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Lots to talk about when Obama visits Ottawa

  1. “It’s a shame to spoil a party, but Stephen Harper is going to have to push back on all this when President Barack Obama visits next month.”

    Really? What will that accomplish. Is it at all likely that Obama is going to tell Napolitano to drop her review? Even less likelier is Obama vetoing stimulus bill that contains the ‘Buy American’ provisions since it’s his party that cooked up the package passed the other day.

  2. he can’t push back now, seeing as he rolled over last time on the softwood lumber thingy.

    • Harper at least got action and collected 4 Billion big ones while the previous Liberal governments talked and talked and talked and got exactly ZERO billions – as Chretien would have put it !

      • Exactly right : the softwood agreement was better than the best one expected and all things considered a necessary evil. Certainly no roll over on this file by Harper despite what others may think and I am speaking from personal experience when it comes to this issue, as I played a very small part in the scheme of things. JWL : is right above there will be no disharmony come this meeting all will be nice nice and best of buddies lot’s of love from Obama to Stevie and flirtatious glances from Stevie to Obama. Any real negotiating is being done and signed off on as I type this out. Both leaders will be using their dancing skills to the utmost as each has legislation in the hopper and each has to deal with their own internal real politik.

  3. Apparently the Democrats brilliant new strategy to improve foreign relations is to lay the groundwork for starting trade wars with their largest trading partners.

  4. Hey, before everyone gets too excited, Napolitano has only ordered a review.

    There is nothing preventing the review from concluding that the border is in good shape or that some of the Bush actions to thicken the border need to be removed.

    Our efforts should be focused on making sure the review’s conclusions are the correct ones from Canada’s point of view, not on fighting the fact of a review. If Obama is going to remove any of the existing trends towards thickening the border he is going to need to be able to justify it by showing he has done his homework.