A Brief One by NAL publisher Doug Draper
Posted January 20th, 2010 on Niagara At Large
For those of us who follow world affairs, it is almost impossible not be mindful of what is going on south of the Canada/U.S. border this January 20th.
I told myself an earlier on that I was going to turn off the TV and play my Bruce Springsteen albums as loud as possible through this U.S. presidential inaugural day. But like a kid who just can’t seem to keep away from playing in the mud with a new pair of shoes on, there I was listening to an inaugural speech that sounded like not much more than a slightly toned down version of one of Trump’s campaign rally rants, then watching the Obamas climb aboard a helicopter and make one more circle over the White House before the chopper crossed the Potomac and disappeared away.
As for Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?
He was nowhere to be found among the gathering of world dignitaries attending the inaugural, leaving one to wonder if the PM felt that any selfies or photo-ops here – and especially one that may catch a trump in the frame – might prove to be a political liability back home.
Instead, the Prime Minister’s Office sent the following message about Justin’s whereabout on this U.S. inaugural day – – ‘Itinerary for the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, for Friday, January 20, 2017: Ottawa, Ontario, 9:00 a.m. The Prime Minister will meet with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Big City Mayors’ Caucus’
No offense to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, a worthy enough organization for the Prme Minister to meet with on any other day. But Trudeau might just as well have said he was remaining home in Canada to attend the first public appearance of a litter of wolverines born at the Toronto Zoo.
Just for the record, if I had a choice between Trump and wolverines, I’d pick the wolverines too.
Then later in the day, after Trump had taken the oath of office, this rather formal, and not all that warm and embracing statement was released – one that read more like a warning to the orange-hair creature not to mess with a long and mostly close relationship between the two countries than it did like a fulsome congratulations and best wishes.
Here’s the full text of Trudeau’s statement –
January 20, 2017 – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States of America:
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to extend my congratulations to Donald J. Trump on his inauguration as 45th President of the United States of America.
“Canada and the United States have built one of the closest relationships between any two countries in the world. This enduring partnership is essential to our shared prosperity and security.
“Together, we benefit from robust trade and investment ties, and integrated economies, that support millions of Canadian and American jobs. We both want to build economies where the middle class, and those working hard to join it, have a fair shot at success.
“Canada and the United States have unparalleled cooperation on matters of national security, and have always worked side by side to protect our citizens and ensure our shared border is secure.
“We look forward to working with President Trump, the U.S. Administration, the 115th Congress, and officials at the state and local levels to restore prosperity to the middle class on both sides of the border, and to create a safer and more peaceful world.”
Now brace yourselves for Trump signing executive orders that screw up any trade, climate change and other agreements with Canada.
The real working Day One of the Trump presidency, according to reports from the Donald himself, begins this Monday, January 23rd, and we’re in for interesting times.
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