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Three’s a crowd

Canada prefers meeting with U.S. without Mexico: WikiLeaks


 

Mexico may be Canada’s trilateral partner according to NAFTA, but diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks reveal that Canadian politicians and diplomats prefer dealing with their American neighbours without the Mexicans present. Ottawa’s relations with Mexico have wavered recently, following Canada’s implementation of entry restrictions on Mexicans, and the violent deaths of Canadians traveling in Mexico. “Canada remains at times concerned that trilateralism comes at the expense of its bilateral relationship with the United States,” wrote the U.S. embassy in Mexico in a leaked briefing to U.S. President Barack Obama before the “Three Amigos” talks in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Globe and Mail


 
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Three’s a crowd

  1. This is embarrassing.

    The 'mom always liked you best' school of resentment in foreign policy.

  2. This is embarrassing.

    The 'mom always liked you best' school of resentment in foreign policy.

  3. Of course Canada should prefer to meet without Mexico, our two countries have different concerns with respect to the US. The civil strife in Mexico being the most glaring example – and all that violence is heading toward communities in the US, so it makes sense that Mexico wouldn't want us at their meetings either.

  4. Of course Canada should prefer to meet without Mexico, our two countries have different concerns with respect to the US. The civil strife in Mexico being the most glaring example – and all that violence is heading toward communities in the US, so it makes sense that Mexico wouldn't want us at their meetings either.

    • They're called tri-lateral talks for a reason.

      • This is a ridiculous issue! No good reason exists, except in the minds of Liberal-like heads, to prevent Canada and the United States of America to have a meeting together, without a third country being present at that same meeting.

  5. They're called tri-lateral talks for a reason.

  6. What I wonder is how long has this been going on?

    Has it been this way for a while or is this a recent development?

  7. What I wonder is how long has this been going on?

    Has it been this way for a while or is this a recent development?

    • Ever since Harper discovered that tacos don't agree with him.

  8. I think Steven Chase at the Globe was really stretching to make this leak interesting. The information released was completely self evident. Canada would like to talk to the US about issues that are specific to the US and Canada. Canada would like to meet with both Mexico and the US on issues that involve all 3 countries.

    i.e. a trilateral agreement should serve to enhance not limit a constructive bilateral relationship.

  9. I think Steven Chase at the Globe was really stretching to make this leak interesting. The information released was completely self evident. Canada would like to talk to the US about issues that are specific to the US and Canada. Canada would like to meet with both Mexico and the US on issues that involve all 3 countries.

    i.e. a trilateral agreement should serve to enhance not limit a constructive bilateral relationship.

  10. Mmm we want more private face-time with the Emperor to brag about back home.

  11. Ever since Harper discovered that tacos don't agree with him.

  12. The Mexican influence on the U.S. is far greater than that of Canada and I would doubt if we get an equal hearing with all in the room. We are the goody-two shoes neighbour everyone takes for granted. Unto it self that would be fine but we insist on pretending we are superior which grates the hell out of many Americans. Hence we are treated far poorer than our participation seemingly would dictate.

  13. The Mexican influence on the U.S. is far greater than that of Canada and I would doubt if we get an equal hearing with all in the room. We are the goody-two shoes neighbour everyone takes for granted. Unto it self that would be fine but we insist on pretending we are superior which grates the hell out of many Americans. Hence we are treated far poorer than our participation seemingly would dictate.

    • Should we pretend we're worse so as not to grate?

    • And the goodie two shoes neighbour can't get one conversation in with the Americans without the ridiculous two shoes attempt at speaking les french making a complete fool of themselves, as all the glazed eyes tell you. Lawernce canon being the latest fool.

  14. If Stephen Harper has his way, it looks like the music selection will be limited to Willie Nelson and Justin Bieber, with no mariachi band. But's hard to take men with nylon-string guitars and black sombreros with little cloth balls hanging from them very seriously, I guess.

  15. If Stephen Harper has his way, it looks like the music selection will be limited to Willie Nelson and Justin Bieber, with no mariachi band. But's hard to take men with nylon-string guitars and black sombreros with little cloth balls hanging from them very seriously, I guess.

    • Willie Nelson is a god among men. Don't make me come over there.

  16. Should we pretend we're worse so as not to grate?

  17. And the goodie two shoes neighbour can't get one conversation in with the Americans without the ridiculous two shoes attempt at speaking les french making a complete fool of themselves, as all the glazed eyes tell you. Lawernce canon being the latest fool.

  18. Willie Nelson is a god among men. Don't make me come over there.

  19. This is a ridiculous issue! No good reason exists, except in the minds of Liberal-like heads, to prevent Canada and the United States of America to have a meeting together, without a third country being present at that same meeting.

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