Tuesday, July 04, 2006

A Purrfect Gift

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be meeting with President George Bush on Thursday, which happens to be the President’s 60th birthday.

What should Harper bring as a gift?

Well a group of experts has come up with some tongue-in-cheek suggestions.

My favorite comes from Patrick Basham, director of Washington's Democracy Institute.
He is urging Harper to bring Bush a cat.

"Keeping his new Canadian friend purring over the coming months will require a serious diplomatic effort on Bush's part," Basham says.

"If Canuck Cat ever feels like a lap dog, a well-aimed claw should remind his American master that he does not always call the shots."

8 comments:

Miles Lunn said...

He shouldn't give him any gift. Meetings with the US president are important for trade, but they should be business like meetings, not personal get togethers or personal love-ins. I like most Canadians despise George W. Bush and don't want us getting too close to him and his backward policies. I know Harper admires Bush and his policies, but I like most Canadians don't. That is partly why I want the Liberal Party back in power so we can have a government that stands up for Canada, not bends over backwards to the United States.

Anonymous said...

"I like most Canadians" suggest that we never again vote the Liberals into power again. We've had enough corruption and waste to last us a lifetime. What's good for Canada first in that respect will be good enough for George.

Oh, and Miles - if you'd like the Liberals back in power, you'd better think of another reason because "STAND UP" for Canada can't because it's what the Conservatives ran on, and will deliver on.

Miles Lunn said...

Most Canadians are not right wing, so yes the Liberals do represent most Canadians in the sense they are the only non-right wing party that can actually win.

What's good for Canada first in that respect will be good enough for George.

No whats good for Canada is not good for George W. Bush. His far right values don't sit well with most Canadians. We don't need to engage in name calling, but we can politely disagree.

Oh, and Miles - if you'd like the Liberals back in power, you'd better think of another reason because "STAND UP" for Canada can't because it's what the Conservatives ran on, and will deliver on

The Liberals actually walk the walk, the not talk the talk. The Tories claim to stand up for Canada, but they really only stand up for right wing Canadians and the Americans. The Liberals stand up for all Canadians. The Liberals would have never accepted this atrocious softwood lumber deal. They opposed the Iraq War, which Harper supported, opposed BMD, which Harper supported, and some even favour pulling out of Afghanistan.

Anonymous said...

Right Miles - left up to the Liberals as we had for the last number of years and you can be sure, as you say they would have done nothing at all.

But, they still would have taken our taxdollars,under-estimated surpluses and dithered us all into the next century.

Oh and by the way. Prove to us that
"the Liberals do respresent the most Candians". Please quote your source.

Anonymous said...

Given that the Liberal party can't even get volunteers to work their campaigns, I'm thinking Miles protests too much. The Liberals run the risk of being out "lefted" by the NDP federally. So maybe lying in third party status for a while will cool the jets a tad?

Jess said...

Gift exchanges are a tradition, Miles. Bush is expected to present a gift to Harper as well. Were you offended by any gifts Chretien gave Clinton? I suspect not, since Chretien is a Liberal, and Clinton is a Democrat, and clearly, as the past 13 years have shown, there are a different set of rules applied to the left.

Miles Lunn said...

Oh and by the way. Prove to us that
"the Liberals do respresent the most Candians". Please quote your source.


64% of Canadians in the last election voted for parties to the left of the Conservatives and since the Liberals are the only party to the left who can actually win, this is where I get this from.

Gift exchanges are a tradition, Miles. Bush is expected to present a gift to Harper as well. Were you offended by any gifts Chretien gave Clinton? I suspect not, since Chretien is a Liberal, and Clinton is a Democrat, and clearly, as the past 13 years have shown, there are a different set of rules applied to the left.

Its not about left vs. right, If anything Clinton was centre-right by Canadian standards. It is about keeping our distance from a leader who not only doesn't share our values, but has contempt for our values. Face it guys, we are a liberal nation whether you like it or not. If you don't like it, try and convince Canadians to change their views, stop advocating for our government to ignore the Canadian people.

Anonymous said...

What? No proof other than that of your estimation? Sorry, I don't buy it.