Then everyone seemed to be talking about this letter. And suddenly I realized, it wasn't some brutal comedic stunt - it was for real...
I know it seems improbable to your divinely guided master in the White House that mere mortals might disagree with participating in a missile-defense system that has failed in its last three tests, even though the tests themselves were carefully rigged to show results.
Alright that's just nasty. If anyone thinks he's divinely guided it's the snotty Axworthy. He should pull his pants down because they're up so high it's obvious they're cutting off the blood circulation to his large head. Bush never assumed Canada's support was a given, but I think he did take heart that the ever present Mr. Dithers in this country said some nice things about it in the past. If anyone had a fite of pique it was Martin who spontaneously changes his mind faster than a nuclear reaction. After McKenna screwed the pooch, and Liberal Youth called his bluff, he gave in to the pressure.
And apparently Axworthy is also a conspiracy theorist. He has evidence that the US has been rigging test results. He should do us all mere stupid red necks out here the favour of showing up the goods that prove this little conspiracy theory.
Coming to Ottawa might also expose you to a parliamentary system that has a thing called question period every day, where those in the executive are held accountable by an opposition for their actions, and where demands for public debate on important topics such as missile defense can be made openly.
Our Parliament is a joke in this country. Axworthy's pants are burning on fire at this point. He knows like anyone else that parliament has become more about optics and shouting matches than anything else. The real work gets done in committees where the luring eyes of cameras don't peer in too closely.
You might also notice that it's a system in which the governing party's caucus members are not afraid to tell their leader that their constituents don't want to follow the ideological, perhaps teleological, fantasies of Canada's continental co-inhabitant. And that this leader actually listens to such representations.
Ok, now that's just funny. Paul Martin's big issue in his run for the leadership of the Liberal party was that he was going to give more power to MP's, instead of being the trained seals and loyal pets of the PMO. So far no pay dirt. That dastardly little devil instead created Parliamentary Secretaries that effectively brings more MP's under the power of Cabinet and hence the PMO.
Above all, ignore the Cassandras who deride the state of our relations because of one missile-defence decision. Accept that, as a friend on your border, we will offer a different, independent point of view. And that there are times when truth must speak to power.
Ignore Axworthy. He wouldn't know truth if it was a 300 pound gorilla traveling at 600 miles per hour and it knocked him out funny in the face.