Shame Canada

Josh Marshall spots a disturbing story:
Yesterday in a speech to the Canadian Club in Ottawa, US Ambassador David Wilkins warned Canadians to tone down their criticism of the United States in their current national political campaigns. Canadian elections are scheduled for January 23rd.

"It may be smart election-year politics to thump your chest and constantly criticize your friend and your No. 1 trading partner. But it is a slippery slope, and all of us should hope that it doesn't have a long-term impact on our relationship," said Ambassador Wilkins. "It shouldn't be lost on any of us that some of your politicians use my country to score political points."
Wilkins is right, it is a slippery slope. I know. I'm a Canadian who started criticizing the US during an election campaign. It was fun at first. Then I felt like I needed to do it more and more. Pretty soon I was criticizing the US every day. Eventually I found myself in a small apartment in a major American city doing it for money...

[Talking Points Memo]

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