Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Who Do You Trust?
According to Time Magazine, Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to the U.S. this week spotlights the world's "most important bilateral relationship".
So is China the largest trading partner of the US? Not yet. In a few years probably. But not yet. As the US government officially admits, trade between the United States and Canada makes it the greatest trade relationship in the world: "Canada is the United States' largest trading partner, conducting an estimated $1.5 billion in business daily".
According to George Bush, there's nothing much that can be done to help Canada with the softwood lumber dispute. According to George Bush, there's nothing that can be done to avoid the risks inherent in imposing visa requirements on everyone - neighbours, citizens and strangers alike - who cross the Canadian-US border in the future.
Are there any other Canadians who get the feeling that we're being taken for granted? Maybe we should just increase pipeline taxes to cover the softwood lumber shortfall instead of wasting our breath.
But no! Not Canada. No matter how badly we get screwed, we always play by the rules and insist on treating our ungrateful neighbour better than anyone else in the world.
The US might be well advised to keep the old saying in mind: Be careful what you wish for.... you may just get it.
Well, at least they should have plenty to talk about if they ever get beyond money and trade. Btw, George, Don't forget to ask him about organ harvesting, slave labour factories, democracy in Hong Kong, Freezing Point, internet censorship, religious freedom in Tibet, and all those other neat things that decent people are concerned about. George? George??.....