The United States made an unprecedented foray into Canada’s election campaign on Tuesday, warning politicians not to bash Washington in their bid to win the January 23 election.
… In a hard-hitting speech in Ottawa, U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins lamented what he called relentless and incessant criticism of his country, which he speculated might begin to sow doubt about the strength of the binational relationship.
“Canada never has to tear the United States down to build itself up,” Wilkins said.
“It may be smart election politics to thump your chest and constantly criticize your friend and your No. 1 trading partner. But it’s a slippery slope and all of us should hope it doesn’t have a long-term impact on our relationship.” [emphasis added]
And the topic of the criticism that the Bush Administration didn’t like?
Wilkins did not name the prime minister directly, but he specifically targeted a comment made last week at the Montreal climate change conference in which Martin called on the United States to heed a “global conscience” and join efforts to combat global warming.