So, President Bush says no to easing the passport requirements for Canadians to enter the good Ole’ US of A. ( CBC Story )
Now I suppose in some respects you can’t blame him. After all what does the USA want with Canadians spending money at all those small border communitees? After all they have a booming economy don’t they? Then too, he is being fair, and requiring US Citizens to have a passport too in order to get back into their own country. So really it is fair don’t you think?
Course it won’t stop any illegal immigrant from entering or prevent some drug dealer from bringing in some good old BC Bud. Then the terrorists who all live in Canada will now think twice before sneaking into the USA, as after all they gonna need a passport, right?
Funny how they figure that requiring a passport is gonna make the morons they have watching their border now suddenly know when a terrorist or drug dealer is crossing into the USA. Like they sure got that right back on Sept 11, didn’t they?
According to Bush:
The U.S. president said he is committed to implementing the law as passed by Congress, but he hopes technology can create a single card that would meet the requirement. (from CBC Story)
which is just more double talk. Hell even the comments on the softwood lumber is pure bullshit. I mean in the article ( CBC Story ) all that Harper got from his hero was that they’d resume negotiations. Now maybe I am a bit stupid, but the build up to this whole two day fun in the sun meeting was that they’d sit down and negotiate, instead all Harper got was an agreement to resume talks?
Didn’t our new Give Away Ambassador say they were close to a deal? So if they were close, when did the talks break off? And if they broke off why? I mean you gotta luv the double talk these guys are feeding us.
In Canada the Immigration Minister talks about how we feel for the poor Portugese workers he deported and now Bush tells us how he values Canada and wants to bring this dispute to an end, then agrees to resume negotiations, while saying that we unfairly subsidize our lumber industry, despite the rulings by all the trade commissions that we don’t.
So what did we gain by the two day fun in the sun?
Harper got a pat on the back, and nothing else. Oh, they did agree to work on finding alternative fuel sources for the USA, despite the record finds of oil in Alberta, Off BC Shores, and Newfoundland. Hmmm, so I guess that means that the oil isn’t valueable and so we’ll give it away?
I don’t know, what was the real purpose of the trip? Was it a way for Harper to try and gain political mileage or show he can talk to Bush? If so, he didn’t do it.
Where is the end to the soft wood lumber tariffs?
Where is the money?
Where is the protection for the trade agreements in place now?
In short, they got some sun, had some bubbly, told some jokes and we got the bill for it all.
Wonder if Harper picked up the tab for George too?