No Special Favors For Soviet Canuckistan

No Special Favors For Soviet Canuckistan: I have to admit that I have been “underwhelmed” by the Canadians help in the war on terrorism, so much so that I, like a lot of Americans, no longer look at Canada the same way. Before 9/11, I put Canada in the same class as Britain, Australia, & Israel — they were a friendly nation that America could count on when the going got tough. But now? Canada has gone from being a “friend” to an “acquaintance” that happens to be to our North.

Back in May, I wrote this about our erstwhile ally…

“As far as I’m concerned, America has no friends that are not with us in the war on terrorism and Canada is not with us. They haven’t been serious about border security, they didn’t support us in Iraq, and now they’re surreptitiously showing their support for Hizbollah. I guess as long as the planes are flying into buildings in New York and Washington instead of Toronto and Montreal, they figure it’s not their problem. Well that’s fine, let Soviet Canuckistan take that attitude, but don’t expect any favors or special treatment from us. Favors are for friends, not for nations that can’t figure out which side they’re on in the war on terrorism.”

Apparently there are more than a few people in the House of Representatives who share my view that Canada should no longer, “expect any favors or special treatment from us.” This article will explain what I mean…

“Sweeping “Buy-America” provisions in proposed U.S. defence-spending legislation could cost Canadian defence and aerospace companies billions of dollars in lost contracts and throw thousands of their employees out of work, Canadian and U.S. industry officials warn.

A provision also would end Canada’s special status as a member of the U.S. National Technology and Industrial Base under which it is not treated as a foreign country for defence procurement purposes.

Norbert Cyr, spokesman for the Canadian Defence Industries Association, said the sector has been on high alert over the effort to “put a line through the Canadian exemption” and now is working closely with the Canadian government, the Canadian Embassy in Washington, and supportive U.S. industry groups to try to quash the initiative.

…Mr. Cyr said the measures, if implemented, could result in layoffs of 13,000 to 20,000 defence-industry workers, most of them in high-technology jobs in Ontario and Quebec.”

Should Canada be punished for not giving us the support we deserve in the war on terrorism? No, that was their decision to make. But given that Canada isn’t with us in the war on terrorism, do they deserve any sort of special exemptions? Not in my book…not anymore.

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