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Also from the magazine: Harper, Obama; Obama, Harper


 

A team effort — Geddes, Wells, Kohler, Ch. Savage — exploring the likely relationship between the Obama White House and the Harper, er, Dingy Brown 19th-Century Office Building.

Let me warn, gently and I’m sure in a gesture of utter futility, against easy stereotyping of either side of this relationship. About 7 years ago — shortly after Bush was sworn in, but before 9/11 — I reported a long article along similar lines on Chrétien-Bush relations for Saturday Night. What struck me was how deadly serious Canadian officials are about getting off on the right foot with a new White House administration, regardless of party stripe; and how eager the Americans were to do right by Canada. Not as a transcendant foreign-policy objective before which other goals must be sacrificed, but as a strong druther deserving serious work on the Washington side. It’s too early to know for sure what the Obama side will do with regard to Canada, but already the impression we got is that the new U.S. administration is top-of-mind for just about everyone in the Harper government.


 

Also from the magazine: Harper, Obama; Obama, Harper

  1. It’s called Langevin. Building or Block, take your pick.

  2. Let me warn, gently and I’m sure in a gesture of utter futility, against easy stereotyping of either side of this relationship.

    How patronising.

  3. As a friend of mine likes to say: Throw a brick into a crowd, and the person it hits will yell.

  4. I don’t think the Langevin Block is dingy. It’s actually quite a beautiful building.

  5. As a friend of mine likes to say: Throw a brick into a crowd, and the person it hits will yell.

    Just don’t write a badgering, hectoring op-ed if the rest of us resist your wise counsel. I’d rather have the brick.

    I think Canadians had enough of the establishment media telling us how to think and feel around March 2003.

  6. I’d be more interested in hearing the team’s thoughts on whether or not the liberals will work as hard as the conservatives did to poison the relationship.

  7. I agree.Langevin: not dingy.

  8. Ti-Guy> Yet you keep reading it.

  9. Ti-Guy> Yet you keep reading it.

    I read everything.

  10. Yeah, seriously, isn’t Langevin one of the nicest buildings in Ottawa? It doesn’t have its own city block and all, but for my money it’s nicer — esp. the heavy rustication — than that weird, disproportionate Georgian building with its square windows poking out of the circular portico like crossed eyes behind oversized 80’s eyeware. Also, Langevin has a roof!

  11. The Liberals are likely too busy playing the Keystone Kops routine to be taken seriously by the Obama administration.

  12. “I read everything.”

    Just like Sarah Palin.

  13. “The impression we got is that the new U.S. administration is top-of-mind for just about everyone in the Harper government.”

    Wow. A few more investigative gems like that, and I’ll have to renew my subscription.

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